Herb: Meadow Clary


Latin name: Salvia pratensis


Family: Labiatae



Edible parts of Meadow Clary:

The pungent, bitter flavoured herb has been used as a flavouring in beers and wines. It is also used as an adulterant of sage.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
August

Habitat of the herb:

A rare native in Britain, growing in old grasslands over chalk and limestone.

Propagation of Meadow Clary:

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.

Cultivation of the herb:

A rare native in Britain, growing in old grasslands over chalk and limestone.

Medicinal use of Meadow Clary:

None known

Known hazards of Salvia pratensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.