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Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica (Clary Sage)

Clary Sage, Europe Sage, Biennial Clary, Muscatel Sage, Salvia turkestanica


Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica (Clary Sage) is an attractive biennial or short-lived perennial which forms a basal rosette of strongly aromatic, wrinkled, mid-green leaves. In late spring, the very showy inflorescence of tubular, two-lipped, pink and white flowers, opens well above the foliage. Although the flowers are quite small, they are subtended by papery, lilac bracts that attract attention. Adding a cottage flavor to the garden, this sage thrives on neglect and always creates real drama when in peak bloom.

  • This erect, multi-branched perennial grows in bushy clumps up to 2-3 ft. high (60-90 cm) and 2 ft. wide (60 cm).
  • Perfect addition to perennial borders, herb gardens, coastal gardens, city gardens, cottage gardens or containers. Combines beautifully with yellow Achillea (Yarrow), Papavers or interspersed with roses. Very useful and adaptable in the garden, it is easy to grow.
  • Easy to grow, Salvia clarea enjoys full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Moist, sandy or gravelly soils with good drainage are preferred! Intolerant of high heat and humidity. Avoid wet soils in winter.
  • Drought tolerant and deer resistant, it is a real magnet for butterflies and bees!
  • Generally disease free. Watch for slugs, snails and leafhoppers.
  • Often dies after flowering. Do not remove flowers to allow desired self-seeding.
  • Propagate by seed, in pots in a cold frame in spring. Alternatively sow in situ in spring
  • Native to Europe, Central Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 3 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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