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Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea

Clary Sage is a biennial herb native to the Mediterranean and the Orient. It has been cultivated in Britain for over four centuries and in American gardens for almost as long. The broad and handsome leaves, which literally sparkle in the light, were a source of an aromatic oil used in medicine, for flavoring soups and omelets, and as a substitute for common Sage. A traditional common name, "cleere eie" or "clear eye" referred to a belief in its vision-healing properties.Clary produces three to four foot flower stalk with pale-blue blossoms in loose, terminal spikes. Prefers a sunny site.

Growth Type: 
Biennial
Color(s): 
Pink, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 7 to 2001 Aug 22002 Jun 7 to 2002 Jul 122003 May 30 to 2003 Jul 172004 May 25 to 2004 Jul 192005 Jun 3 to 2005 Jul 202006 Jun 1 to 2006 Aug 172007 Jun 7 to 2007 Sep 282008 Jun 6 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jun 11 to 2009 Sep 12012 Jun 4 to 2012 Jul 272013 Jun 10 to 2013 Oct 102014 Jun 5 to 2014 Jul 2
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