Clary Sage

Clary Sage: Salvia Sclarea

Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) Sclarea, commonly known as Clary Sage, has a strong, fragrant smell and is often distilled for its essential oils and aromatherapy, but it is also used for medicinal purposes to calm and soothe emotions, relieve digestive upsets, ease female hormonal problems, and as a restorative for fatigue, stress and insomnia. It has woolly-type leaves that are often used as a vegetable or mild tea.

Beyond it’s medicinal purposes, it’s impressive in the garden with its old world charm, simple beauty, and splashes of misty color. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies, and occasional hummingbirds. It requires well-drained soil and is drought tolerant. I was fortunate to see fields of it en masse at the Young Living Farms.

Category: Biennial, Herbaceous

Height: 12-36 inches

Spacing: 18-36 inches

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9

Sun Exposure: Sun to partial shade

Bloom Color: Pink, Lilac, Pale Blue, or White

Bloom Time: Mid summer to early fall

Foliage: Deciduous

Propogation Method: It is propogated by seed but more frequently by cuttings.

Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant, break open to collect seeds. If not deadheaded, it self-seeds abundantly.

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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