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Native alternative(s) for Salvia sclarea:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Verbena canadensis Verbena canadensis

Clear Eye Salvia sclarea

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-ah sklah-RAY-ah
Description

Clary sage is a  biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae family.  It tolerates drought and shallow rocky soils.  The flowers are fragrant, showy white-lavender blooms that appear from June-August. It is easy to grow in average well-drained soils in full sun. and does well in light, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage. It is drought-tolerant but wet soil in winter should be avoided. Rich, excessively fertilized soils produce tall plants with few flowers.

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#bees#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#edible plant#wildlife plant#pink flowers#nectar plant#medicinal#rabbit resistant#cpp#well-drained soil#neutral ph#deer resistant#lavender flowers#Mediterranean#self-seeding#alkaline soil tolerant#pollinator plant#sandy soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    sclarea
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Seeds used to clear the sight and reduce inflammation of the eye. The plant has also been used for its antispasmodic, astringent, properties and to reduce flatulence.
    Life Cycle:
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean region of southern Europe to Central Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract native bees and butterflies. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Edibility:
    Leaves are delicious in omelets, fritters, and stews; flavoring of beers and wines; oil.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Two-lipped white to lavender flowers surrounded by mauve-pink bracts, large whorls of 4 to 6 flowers in upright panicles above the foliage.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Basal rosette of fragrant grey-green wrinkled leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Leaf Scar Shape:
    C-shaped, Cresent shaped
    Stem Lenticels:
    Not Conspicuous
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Rabbits