Clary Sage ~ Salvia sclarea v. Turkestanica
AKA; Eye Bright, Clear Eye, Muscatel, Biennial Clary, Horminum, Gallitricum
Oh me oh my, I love this plant! Granted, she is a space taker, growing first it’s large rosette of leaves then boom, here come the flowers… Tall white spikes of flowers that get stronger in smell as they age, I like to grow forests of the stuff! But do take mind, you either love the smell or you find the muskiness a bit too, well, musky. (the leaves don’t hold any scent). The Turkenstanica variety I grow has white flowers with sometimes a lavender edging. 🌿All my plants are grown organically.
Clary Sage v. Turkenstanica
- Growth Type; Biennial
Growing Clary Sage
- Climate; Any
- Exposure; Full sun, is drought hardy
- Soil; Any
- Tip; As said above, grows large so best at the back of the border or in it’s own patch. Self seeds readily. Curiously, I’ve found that chickens like to eat the seeds.
Using Clary Sage
- Parts used; Leaf, flower and seed
- Medicinal actions and uses; Anti-spasmodic, carminative, nervine, tonic, vulnerary. Culinary (leaves). Fragrant garden. Cut flower. Most well known as an essential oil.
Links for more information
- Recipe for Clary Sage wine
Disclaimer; The content on this website is not intended as a medical reference but as a source of information. I, SandRa Timmins (she), am not a qualified herbalist and recommend you see your GP or holistic practitioner before dabbling in herbal remedies especially for; serious/chronic conditions, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are already taking pharmaceuticals. Treat herbal remedies with respect, they can be powerful.