Clary Sage Seeds. Salvia sclarea, the clary or clary sage, is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvia which can grow up to 1m in height. It is native to the northern Mediterranean Basin, along with some areas in north Africa and Central Asia. The plant has a lengthy history as a valued medicinal, culinary and ornamental herb, and is also grown for its essential oil.
The green-grey leaves are big and between 30cm – 50cm long. The summer blooming flowers are held in bracts that range in colour from pale mauve to lilac and extend up long, loose terminal spikes.
Clary Sage Culinary Uses
- It is used as a flavouring in vermouths, wines and liqueurs.
- Clary Sage can be used in place of culinary sage in cooking
- Fresh leaves can be made into fritters.
- Flowers can be added to salad.
- Leaves and flowers can be used to make a refreshing tea.
Clary Sage Medicinal Benefits
- Antispasmodic – aid indigestion, gas and vomiting.
- Relaxes spasms.
- Nerve calming tonic
- Stimulates uterus and estrogen production
- Valuable remedy for menopause – hot flushes
- Relieves menstrual pain and premenstrual problems
Growing Clary Sage
- Start Clary Sage Seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the last spring frost.
- Clary seeds can also be sown outdoors in mid-spring once the soil has warmed.
- Sow seed ½ inches deep.
- Freeze the seeds for three to five days before planting.
- Seeds require darkness for germination.
- Seed germinates in about 14 days.
- Transplant Clary Sage seedlings to the garden about a week before the last expected frost.
- Space clary plants 10 to 24 inches apart.
- Allow the top inch or two of soil to dry before watering again.
- After the first frost, cut the stems of first-year plants to 1 inch above the soil. Mulch clary heavily to protect the roots over the winter.
- Clary Sage can also be grown in containers.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.