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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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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


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

Barbourville, Kentucky

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hillsdale, New York

Copperas Cove, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


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 .


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.


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

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


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 ......... :)


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.