Salvia sclarea

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 Salvia sclarea subsp. var.  Clary sage, Clear eye
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 36 in to 48 in
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Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers, edible
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USDA Zones: 4 to 9
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Flower features: blue, purple, white
Lamiaceae > Salvia sclarea var. ,

Salvia sclarea, clary, or clary sage, is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvia. It is native to the region from Central Asia to the north Mediterranean.

It is a short lived herbaceous perennial that reaches 1 m in height when in flower. In winter it dies back to a basal rosette. The leaves have a woolly-texture and are 10-20 cm long and 6-12 cm broad. Its flowers appear in several clusters of 2-6 on the stem, are 2.5-3.5 cm long, and are white, pink, or pale purple in color. The bracts on the flowering stems have similar colors to the flowers. Oil bearing glands occur profusely on the flowering stems. [1]

The leaves have also been used as a vegetable. Clary is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and as a herb in herb beds, whence it can be used in sauces and stuffing, much as other sages.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Salvia sclarea. (S. bracteata, Sims, not Soland., in Russ. S. Simsiana, R. & S.). Clary. Biennial, 2-3 ft. high: st. herbaceous, stout, erect, villous: lvs. often 8-9 x 4-5 in., petiolate, broad-ovate, erose-crenate, base cordate, hoary, the uppermost clasping; floral lvs. very broad, acuminate, concave, membranaceous, colored, their base white, their tips rose: racemes paniculate; floral whorls distant, about 6-fld.; calyx campanulate, striate, pubescent-hispid, the teeth rather spiny-acuminate; corolla whitish blue, the tube included. Aug. S. Eu. Var. turkestanica, Hort. (S. turkestanica, Hort. S. turkestaniana, Hort.), grows 3 ft. high, has quadrangular sts. tinged with pink, basal lvs. on long petioles and long spikes, 2 1/2 ft. high, of large white fls., tinged with pink. There is a form offered in the trade under the name of S. turkestanica superba, Hort., which has "dense branched pyramids of silky foliage and conspicuous rosy bracts, and white fls." S. bracteata, Soland., in Russ., is a valid species belonging to Section 1. It is a subshrub about 1-1 1/2 ft. high, with purplish fls. and a native of Asia Minor and Syria. Probably not in cult.

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  1. Clebsch: the New Book of Salvias

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