Clary Sage (Organic)
Salvia sclarea. Biennial in zones 5-9.
An ancient herb used in Europe for centuries. Great aromatic plant to have nearby in the garden patch. We love to walk by blooming Clary Sage and just smell it because the smell always seems to clear and brighten our day. In aroma therapy, Clary Sage is said to help with anxiety and stress due to its warming, sedative qualities. Flowers are very attractive to bumble bees and humming birds, and many birds like to snack on the seeds. Soak the seeds in water to make a mucilaginous eye bath that is said to clear the eyes and clean out any irritants. Flowering tops have been used to flavor vermouth and other liqueurs. Leaves are edible. Descriptions of its medicinal use trace back to Greece in 4th century BCE.
Cannot ship to Washington State.
Direct sow this biennial/perennial ¼“ deep, spring or fall. Plants grow to 4’ tall with basal leaves of 12.” Deadhead to prevent self-seeding. Some folks dislike the smell so keep this in mind when choosing a location. Considered a noxious weed in the state of Washington.
Collect seeds from seed heads when seeds are dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container.