A hardy and handsome biennial sage grown for its dense and well-branched spires of pale-blue flowers with pink-purple bracts. The aromatic flowers have a vanilla-balsam aroma and are used in fresh floral arrangements. Also used in the perfume industry as a fragrance and fixative to tone down artificial scents. Flowers are added to salads or used in teas. Fresh young leaves are inodorous, but have a certain spiciness when prepared as fritters. (Salvia sclarea)
Medicinal: Though the procedure is not recommended, the seeds contain a mucilage which when moistened is used to clear small irritants from the eye: thus the origin of the name "clary" or "clear-eye." Relaxes spasms and aids digestion. Not used during pregnancy.
Growing instructions: Biennial in zones 4-8. Germination at 65°F in 7-21 days. Transplant or direct sow in spring. Full sun or light shade. Grows 12-36" high. Space 24" apart in dry, well-drained soil. Self-sows readily
Cannot ship to WA
Packet: 0.20 - about 50 seeds