Meadow clary, Salvia pratensis, a rare plant in the UK, has only ever been known at one small hay meadow in Wales, first recorded in 1903. After declining numbers, the plant could no longer be found at this site and was declared extinct in the wild in Wales in 2004. However prior to it being lost, a small amount of seed was collected and grown at Treborth Botanic Garden.
We are investigating the ecology of meadow clary to support the reintroduction of this plant to Wales. Meadow clary has been reintroduced in a trial planting to its former Welsh home, using plants grown here at the Garden from both the Welsh and English populations.