Salvia sclarea Biennial to Zone 5. Spectacular showy spikes of large lavender and white flowers in early to midsummer of the second year attract attention, and the pink to purple bracts remain lovely after the corollas fade. Irresistible to bees and butterflies but not to deer. A Mediterranean Basin native, the initial year’s rosette should be protected with thick mulch for winter in colder zones so the plant can grow to an erect 3–4' in the second year. Once added to beer and wine to induce euphoria, the large leaves are now more often used like culinary sage. As strongly scented wash, it is astringent and antispasmodic. Grows best in full sun and well-drained soils. 250 seeds/g. NEW!①
4669 Clary Sage - Organic
Log in to start or resume an order
See Herb Chart in the sidebar for uses and cultural information.
About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neanderthals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.
Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.
Using herbs: Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year. To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.
Culture: Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.