Clary Sage Herb Seeds ✿ (Salvia sclarea) ✿ Rare Heirloom Seeds ✿ 50+ Seeds
Clary (Salvia sclarea) - Clary, also known as clary sage, is a biennial or short-lived perennial in the genus Salvia. The striking herbaceous plant has a long history of bring used in the preparation of many herbal remedies. Traditionally, the clary sage was well known for its essential oils. The strong essential oils are still commonly used in the manufacture of many kinds of perfumes as well as to impart a muscatel flavor to wines, vermouths, and liqueurs during the distillation process. Clary is a hardy plant which needs very little water or attention for growth, it also easy adapts to temperatures below 0F in areas where it grows in the wild. The clary sage blooms early in the summer. The plant develops very fast and grows fully in a year from a seedling to a plant that can reach 3 to 4 ft in length when blooming. Clary sage required good exposure to full sunlight for maximum growth, it also grows well in soils low in nutrients and which are rapidly drained - the clary herb can survive with very little water in the wild. Clary herb plants which are watered weekly in a border will do exceptionally well. Whenever the flowers on the plants begin to look shabby and tan colored at the edges, cut the flowering stems a little. Cutting the stems back will encourage perennial vigor and new growth in the plants.
The Romans used it as an eyewash and called it claurus meaning clear and in Germany wine merchants added the flowers to Rhine wine to imitate good Muscatel and called this Muskateller Salbei.