S. pratensis – Meadow Clary – Meadow Sage – This clump forming, woody based herbaceous perennial from Western Europe and Northern Africa grows to 36″ tall and 12″ wide. It produces oval to oblong, blunt tipped, toothed, wrinkled, mid green basal leaves. In early and midsummer, erect, branched or unbranched, slightly sticky-hairy stems bear rather sparse terminal spikes of dark blue-purple, rarely pink or white flowers up to 1 1/4″ long.
Grow in light, moderately fertile, humus rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun to light, dappled shade. Species with densely hairy or woolly leaves need sharp drainage and full sun. Protect from excessive winter moisture. Divide perennials in spring.