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Clary Sage - Live Plant
Clary Sage - Live Plant
Clary Sage - Live Plant
Clary Sage - Live Plant

Clary Sage - Live Plant

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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. 

What key elements are required to establish optimal conditions for growing Clary Sage successfully?

The three most important things you need to know about growing Clary Sage is water, light and soil. When you first receive the plant best thing you can do is find a spot that has full sun. If you are growing in containers, you can always move the plant.

Clary Sage does best in well-drained, sandy soil, if you are growing in a pot, potting mix is a fine alternative.

Familiarize yourself with the growth potential of Clary Sage. Providing 12-18 inches of space between plants is essential, considering they can expand to 12-24 inches in diameter and stand up to 18-36 inches tall.

The flowering season of Clary Sage is often summer, but be aware that it might not bloom until its second year, depending on planting timing.

What is Clary Sage good for?

Historically, Clary Sage has been renowned for its hormonal balance, stress relief, with inhalation, infusion crafted from its leaves, flowers to harness its medicinal properties.

It is a USDA hardy from growing zones 5-9 and is commonly known as clary, clary wort, and eyebright.

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.

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