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Vatican Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: sclarea var. turkestanica
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

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

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Kelseyville, California

San Leandro, California

Kiowa, Colorado

Barbourville, Kentucky

High Rolls Mountain Park, New Mexico

Salem, Oregon

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 16, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

this sage has a mentha aquatica var. citrata(lavender,orange,lime) smell. this cultivar is a improved one over the reference. has smaller leaves than the original. nice flowers!


On Jul 3, 2011, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant does not like the sun! I have had to move it several times to areas with more shade. In my opinion it does well with morning sun only.


On Sep 3, 2006, JennyD from near Truro, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant has many plus points: it grew well to about four feet tall, resisted the slugs and other beasties, stood up and didn't slump or need staking. The flowers were pleasant-looking and lasted a long time and in general the plant was an asset in the border. Geums, for example, looked very nice when growing through this plant.
HOWEVER, there are two minus points: 1. it stinks, even when lightly brushed against or rained upon; 2. the leaves are quite rough.
I'm waiting to see how hardy it is (I live in Cornwall, in the west of England, where we have mild damp winters).