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Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salvia verbenaca

Other names

Wild clary, Eye-seed, Vervain, Wild sage , Small-flowered wild sage, Verbena sage, Salvia clandestina, Salvia controversa, Salvia horminoides, Salvia marquandii, Salvia cleistogama, Christ's eye

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Species

S. verbenaca - S. verbenaca is a aromatic, hairy, rosette-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with elliptic to ovate, wrinkled, toothed, pinnate or lobed, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing dense to lax, terminal spikes of whorled, violet-blue to purple flowers from early summer into autumn.


Salvia verbenaca is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic

Habit

Erect flower stem, Rosette

Flower

Blue, Violet, Purple in Summer; Violet, Purple, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Removing flower spikes as they fade will encourage further flowering

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in light, humus-rich, moderately fertile, preferably alkaline to neutral, well-drained or sharply-drained soil in full sun. Light, dapple shade is tolerated. Dislikes wet winter conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salvia verbenaca

Other names

Wild clary, Eye-seed, Vervain, Wild sage , Small-flowered wild sage, Verbena sage, Salvia clandestina, Salvia controversa, Salvia horminoides, Salvia marquandii, Salvia cleistogama, Christ's eye

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Species

S. verbenaca - S. verbenaca is a aromatic, hairy, rosette-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with elliptic to ovate, wrinkled, toothed, pinnate or lobed, grey-green leaves and erect stems bearing dense to lax, terminal spikes of whorled, violet-blue to purple flowers from early summer into autumn.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic

Habit

Erect flower stem, Rosette


Colour

Flower

Blue, Violet, Purple in Summer; Violet, Purple, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Removing flower spikes as they fade will encourage further flowering

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in light, humus-rich, moderately fertile, preferably alkaline to neutral, well-drained or sharply-drained soil in full sun. Light, dapple shade is tolerated. Dislikes wet winter conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salvia verbenaca (Wild clary)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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