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Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) Herb in 1 litre Pot 

Clary Sage is a biennial or short-lived herbaceous perennial it is a striking plant when in full flower, the flowers appear in whorls on a long, loose spikes, and are a pale pink and violet flushed and to add to the striking display, they are interspersed with large variegated purple and white bracts. Native to the northern Mediterranean, along with some areas in north Africa and Central Asia, Clary Sage prefers a light well-drained soil and a sunny situation.  Clary sage has square, brownish, hairy stems growing 60-90cm, and sports leaves that are large, heart-shaped, wrinkled, irregularly toothed at the margins and covered with velvety hairs. Clary Sage will self seed, and seedlings can be planted out with great success if kept well watered. Great in a mixed border but especially at home in a cottage style or informal garden setting.

Herb Usage

Clary Sage has been used in traditional healing for centuries.  The plant has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb, and is currently grown for its essential oil. It is often included in botanical body products, such as bath oil and hair care compounds, and it is also available in the form of a pure essential oil. The odour of clary sage is very distinct, and the herb is said to have soothing properties which can be beneficial to health. THe leaves its self have a pungent aroma and whilst it could be used like sage it is probably best grown to admire the striking floral display which is also popular with pollinating insects. 

The essential oil is toxic in large quantities and should be avoided by pregnant women as it may be harmful or induce contractions. It is quite often put into massage oil for use  to during or to possibly induce labour !

Buy Clary Sage Online

Our Potted Clary Sage herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Salvia sclarea (Clary Sage) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour Mauve
Height 90cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Salvia sclarea
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Aromatherapy
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal