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: 4 - 8 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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