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Commonly known as clary sage, this herb is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial plant in the mint family


Physical Description:

Leaves: Large, hairy, heart-shaped leaves with a wrinkled appearance. The leaves have a gray-green color and a distinctive aroma.

Stems: Erect and square-shaped, with a height ranging from 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2 meters).

Flowers: Clusters of small, tubular flowers with colors ranging from pink to lavender. The flowers are held in branched, terminal clusters.


Aromatic: Clary sage is valued for its aromatic properties. The essential oil extracted from the flowers and leaves is used in perfumery and aromatherapy. It has a sweet, herbaceous, and slightly fruity fragrance

Medicinal: Traditionally, clary sage has been used for various medicinal purposes, including as a remedy for digestive issues, respiratory conditions, and menstrual discomfort. The essential oil is also used in aromatherapy for its potential calming and mood-enhancing effects.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil is preferred. Clary sage can tolerate a variety of soil types.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Adequate water is essential for optimal growth.

Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade. Clary sage prefers a sunny location.

Hardiness: Clary sage is hardy and can adapt to different climates. It is often grown as a biennial but may act as a short-lived perennial in some conditions.


Harvest clary sage leaves and flowers as needed. The flowers are often harvested just as they begin to open for the highest oil content.

Sage - Clary (Salvia sclarea)

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