Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'

Balkan clary (syn. Salvia East Friesland)

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Buy Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland' Balkan clary (syn. Salvia East Friesland): Attractive to butterflies and bees

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: light, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Slender spires of intense violet-blue flowers from July to September above clumps of wrinkled, mid-green leaves. This compact form of salvia is perfect for adding a splash of colour at the front of a well-drained herbaceous border or gravel garden. Coping well in sun or light dappled shade, the violet-blue blooms are a magnet for butterflies and bees.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon as they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

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Notes on Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'

"Violet-blue spikes on soft, sage-green foliage on a short plant"

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Best of the Salvias I have tried!




Hardy plant and great for Bumblebees


Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland' flowered in May and kept going all summer. There is still a small flower on the plant today - 2nd December. Salvia nemorosa is very attractive to pollinators, predominantly bumble bees but also honeybees, hoverflies and butterflies

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I would buy this product again.


Used for decorative purposes in garden. Two plants did not take but the two that did are thriving.

Karen the new gardener



Great value summer attraction for bees


Love them in pots

Golden Graham



Bees love it


Flowers for ages, especially if you dead head it. Bees love it. The colour is beautiful and goes with both vibrant and cottage schemes. The plant is quite short so I positioned it nearer the front of the border. It seems to be growing back happily after disappearing for winter.






Super bee plant. Flowers for months





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I received this beautiful Salvia Nemorosa Ostfriedland two weeks ago and the deep violet flowers look already dead. Since it's halfway through the flowering season would it be wise to deadhead the plant to a node now and would it still produce new flowers this Summer? Thank you for your help.

Cathy from Sussex

Hello, and thank you for the question. If you would like to contact us at: with your order no., and a few pics we will be happy to assist.


Salvia suggestion please Please could you advise me? I am looking to use a Salvia to plant with Buxus balls, Hakonechloa and Lavender. I need a strong, long flowering and easy caring Salvia variety that will not grow too tall. Your advise would be invaluable Thank you Jackie

jackie middleton

Hello Jackie, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna probably has the longest flowering period, but it does get to 75cm tall - just click on the following lin to go straight to it. If that is too tall, then Saliva nemorosa Ostfriesland may be a better option I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Advice on planting your pre-designed Red Summer border Dear sir/madam I am particularly interested in buying the Red Summer Pre Designed Border. Please can you tell me whether these plants are suitable for planting in conjunction with weed inhibiting fabric. I want to minimise the amount of weeding required. Many thanks for your help Ruth

Ruth Hamilton

Hello Ruth, You can plant these into the weed supressing fabric without any trouble at all, provided you make sure the fabric allows the water to drain through. All you need to do is cut big crosses into the fabric and peel back the edges to plant and then fold back the edges again. I hope this helps.

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