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PlantFiles: Whorled Sage, Whorled Clary Sage
Salvia verticillata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: verticillata (ver-ti-si-LAH-tuh) (Info)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


2 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Jul 16, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Hope this does well in Central Texas . Just planted it today will keep posted on how it does . Planted it under a tree with afternoon shade during the hottest part of the day . Will keep it well watered until established .

Negative June_Ontario On Aug 6, 2011, June_Ontario from Rosemont, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

Hardy in south-central Ontario, but very invasive. It will self-seed like crazy and smother everything around it, and if you don't weed it out right away it will be the devil to pull up since it has a root like a dandelion, only longer. I've been trying to eradicate it for years, but it keeps popping up again.

Positive Malus2006 On Sep 25, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

Actually I believe it's fully hardy in zone 4 too!

Neutral PurplePansies On Aug 4, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I believe salvia verticillata whorled sage to be hardier than stated....... I believe its hardy to at least zone 6 ......... :)

Neutral Baa On Jun 3, 2002, Baa wrote:

A perennial from Europe and Western Asia.

Has opposite, lobed, mid green, hairy, ovate leaves. Bears spikes of violet, lilac blue, hooded flowers borne in whorls up the stem. Very occasionally you may find a white form.

Flowers June - September

Likes a well drained soil in full sun with some shade during the hottest part of the day.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Barbourville, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hillsdale, New York
Copperas Cove, Texas

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