50 Clary Sage Seeds
Salvia sclarea, the clary or clary sage, is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvia. It is native to the northern Mediterranean Basin, along with some areas in north Africa and Central Asia. The plant has a lengthy history as an herb, and is currently grown for its essential oil. Salvia sclarea is easily grown in full sun with average well-draining soils. Clary Sage tolerates drought well and is robust once established. As part of the Lamiaceae family, this herb has a long history of use as a flavoring for foods and liquors, and other preparations. Clary sage is also renowned as an aromatic essential oil used in creating perfumes and cosmetics.
Clary sage grows three to four feet tall and is distinguished by its stunning, tubular, cream to lilac-colored flowers, which bloom during the summer of its second year. The flowers and plant itself are highly aromatic and attract butterflies and bees. Traditionally a biennial, if given the right growing environment, it can sometimes live beyond a few growing seasons.
Salvia sclarea reaches 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m) in height, with thick square stems that are covered in hairs. The leaves are approximately 1 ft (0.30 m) long at the base, .5 ft (0.15 m) long higher on the plant. The upper leaf surface is rugose, and covered with glandular hairs. The flowers are in verticils, with 2-6 flowers in each verticil, and are held in large colorful bracts that range in color from pale mauve to lilac or white to pink with a pink mark on the edge. The lilac or pale blue corolla is approximately 1 in (2.5 cm), with the lips held wide open.
To plant, seeds must be sown in the spring either in pots or directly outside. They should be scattered on soil, barely covered, tamped down and kept moist. Seeds should germinate within one to two weeks and the seedlings require little maintenance once established.