View Larger Clary Sage

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5 5 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b 9 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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    Spires of pink and white bracts crown this large-leafed salvia. It has been used as an herb since the Middle Ages and is currently used as flavoring for wines, vermouth, and liqueurs.

    Latin Name

    Salvia sclarea


    Family

    Lamiaceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials Perennials
    Herbs Herbs

    Bloom Season

    June - August


    Seasons

    Summer Summer

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 4'
    Max spread Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Herb
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe to Central Asia


    History

    John Bartram of Philadelphia listed Clary sage in his 1770 catalog.


    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

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