Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
On Feb 25, 2012, Cocoa1904 from Abilene, KS wrote:
This is a tough plant that flourished with little care. The foliage is attractive, as are the flowers for an informal planting. On a hot, sunny day the scent is overwhelming--and not in a good way! I do not recommend planting near the house as I did.
On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:
From your friends at Botanical Interests: This spectacular biennial produces foliage the first year and flowers the second. The fountains of 3’ tall dramatic flower stems with pale lilac 1" long tubular flowers and very prominent rose-red bracts appear in mid-summer and last through early fall. This beautiful plant has a unique balsam-like fragrance and has many herbal uses. The leaves can be used like regular sage in cooking or to make sachets and potpourri. Plants require well-drained soil. Do not over fertilize; too much fertilizer results in more leaves and fewer flowers. (We cannot ship this variety to Washington as per state regulations. Please do not order from us if your shipping address is in this state.)
On Oct 25, 2007, susybell from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
This plant is a class A quarantined noxious weed plant in the state of WA. Quote from website:
* It is illegal to transport, buy, sell, or trade any quarantined species.
* It is also illegal to distribute seed packets, flower seed blends, or 'wildflower mixes' of those plants.
* Persons violating the quarantine restrictions are subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation.
On Jul 10, 2006, Corgi_Lily from Lowell, MI wrote:
This biennial can get very large. I have had one plant grow over 4' tall and 3' around in good garden conditions. When it is crowded or very dry it will stay smaller. Once it is done flowering it will die pretty quickly and can leave a large open spot in the garden. It reseeds pretty heavily if not deadheaded, but the finches like the seeds so I leave it. Best of all, my hummingbirds love this plant. It is a very substantial and structural plant; great for a place you are not sure if you need a shrub; it will be gone in two years anyway, so you can test out how big a plant you need with clary sage.
What beautiful pictures! I am trying to find a clary sage plant to be used in a photo shoot at the end of January. It can be potted or cut, but needs to be flowering. Would anyone have any leads? Thank you very much!
On Jul 1, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This is a very beautiful flowering plant. The flower colors change depending on the lighting conditions, from white through cream, ivory, pink and purple, but it needs to be planted very far from smelling range. In the hot sunlight, the leaves emit overpowering stench at least 10 feet away. If not deadheaded, self-seeds abundantly. Plants do not transplant well, so seed should be planted where desired, rather than allowing it to self-seed.
On Feb 3, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Clary sage is an erect, hairy,branched biennial or perennial herb with large,aromatic,light green,ovate leaves about 9 inches long.The flowers are whorls of bicolored cream and lilac, to pink or blue, 1-1/4 inch long, with conspicuous lilac bracts that bloom in spring and summer. Can get up to 3 feet high and up to 2 feet wide.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Anniston, Alabama Auburn, Alabama Frisco City, Alabama Flagstaff, Arizona Hesperia, California Merced, California Petaluma, California Richmond, California Soquel, California Temecula, California Edgewater, Colorado Longmont, Colorado Boise, Idaho Oak Park, Indiana Abilene, Kansas Lowell, Michigan North Plainfield, New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Rodeo, New Mexico Forest Hills, New York Wallkill, New York Charlotte, North Carolina Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Alexandria, Virginia Twin Lakes, Wisconsin