Sage, Clary

Salvia sclarea

Towering spikes of lavender-white blooms rise above a fragrant foliage rosette making a beautiful and fragrant addition to herb gardens.

 

 

Clary sage has long been used in for medicinal, culinary, ornamental, and aromatic purposes. Today it is valued for the extracting its fragrant essential oil.  In early summer 4 foot, branched flower stalks rise high above a rosette of large, dark green, fragrant rough textured leaves.  Flowers are lavender-white and bloom on purple bracts that remain after the flowers fade, but not before attracting a multitude of pollinators.  Although it is a short lived biennial, Clary Sage will self sow in the garden, adding new plants for future seasons. Prefers well drained soil.

  • USDA Hardiness Zone(s):  Biennial 5-9
  • Height: 2-4'