Clary Sage (Salvea sclarea) is a perennial plant with squared hairy stems and long hairy leaves. It comes from the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is famous for its heavy essential oil that imparts a floral scent with herbaceous notes and everything that speaks of the earth. It is a seed-grown plant, available in a 3.5” pot.
It is a USDA hardy from growing zones 5-9 and is commonly known as clary, clary wort, and eyebright.
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About Clary Sage
Clary Sage is an herbaceous perennial that hails from the mint family Lamiaceae. Its fruity, floral scent has garnered the attention of both aromatherapists and flower essence makers.
Its soothing scent is beneficial for menopausal symptoms and other menstrual irregularities due to its remarkable estrogenic properties. Its antibacterial property proves to be quite fruitful in dealing with skin infections that emerge due to Staph. aureus. Its notorious fragrance is loved by the perfume industries where they perform steam distillation of clary sage flower tops to extract its scent-filled components.
How to use Clary Sage
Clary sage can be used to formulate:
Tincture: Chop freshly harvested clary sage leaves and macerate in alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks. Then strain away the plant material to obtain a highly concentrated tincture.
Tea: Dry the clary sage leaves in the dehydrator and steep them in hot boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes to make a steaming cup of calming tea.
Decoction: Save the seeds of clary sage and decoct them in water to form a mucilaginous decoction.
Salve: Clary sage essential oil is paired with peppermint essential oil and stirred in beeswax to form a salve.
Syrup: Dry the clary sage flowers and leaves in a dehydrator and simmer them in a sugar solution to make a syrup.
Infused oil: Clary sage leaves and olive oil are paired together and allowed to sit in a dark place for 3 weeks with intermittent shaking to create clary sage-infused oil.
Clary Sage - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions
Is Clary Sage an annual or perennial plant?
Clary sage is a biennial in some regions and a short-lived perennial in other regions. It is a USDA hardy in growing zones 5 to 9. The biennial variety takes off as a rosette and produces the flower stalks during the second year of its life.
How much space should be needed to grow Clary Sage?
Clary Sage plants can grow up to 4 feet and requires a good amount of room to grow. If you are shifting it to your garden bed, make sure that it is at least 12 inches apart from the other plants. This way it gets the optimal conditions to thrive and grow at its best pace to produce flowers the following year.
What zone does Clary Sage grow in?
Clary sage is hardy in USDA growing zones 5 through 9. It does not perform well in hot climates and requires a chilly period of at least three months to be able to produce flowers.
When should I harvest Clary Sage?
The leaves and flower stalks of clary sage are harvested during the second year of its growth, in the morning, to acquire the best load of its essential oils.
Clary sage seeds are also harvested during the second year of its growth in the late bloom, during the milky stage.
Does Clary Sage flower or fruit?
Clary sage goes into its flowering stage from June till August, showcasing a massive spectrum of mauve, lilac, and white flowers with pink spots. Later in summer, the flowers transform into brownish copper fruit that is less than 1 inch in length and width.