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Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea

Salvia sclarea infloresc by Pancrat (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A photo of Clary Sage
A photo of Clary Sage

Clary Sage Overview

This tall perennial can be either short lived or biennial getting to 1m tall. From a basal rosette it produces grey green leaves that are wrinkled and strongly scented. In late spring or early summer tall flower spikes produce a stunning display of small two lipped, lilac to creamy white flowers which are surrounded by showy mauve bracts.

How to harvest Clary Sage

Collect leaves and flowers at the end fo flowering when the level of volatile oil is highest.

How to propagate Clary Sage


Allow sees heads to develop if self seeding is required.

Special features of Clary Sage

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Attractive flowers

Flowers are often used as an aromatic additive to soaps, pefumes and cosmetics.

Attractive leaves

The leaves as with the flowers are often used as an aromatic additive to soaps, pefumes and cosmetics.

Other uses of Clary Sage

This plant suits being included in herb, city or cottage style gardens in addition it can be grown in coastal locations and is deer resistant.