SOLVED: clary sage?

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

*tries to remember sowing it* !!

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Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Do the leaves smell like bad body odor or stinky sweat socks? I cut short the young lives of my seedlings after I got a good whiff of them while thinning them, LOL.

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

hang on i'll check, lol

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

That looks cool! :D

Salvia horminum

It sometimes shares the common name of Clary Sage with Salvia sclarea

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

they don't smell that bad gw..

:) thanks baa, thought it might be something like that

Milo, IA(Zone 5a)

Sometimes called Annual Clary Sage. Grows in pink, too.

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

i have the pink too, but i prefer the purple ;D

Mount Angel, OR(Zone 8a)

I have this too, never noticed stinky leaves. I have, purple,pink, and white. It is as Baa says, salvia horminium or I recall the term salvia viridis. Have you heard this term ,Baa? I bought my seed from Chiltern's.


You're quite right Salvia virdis is the more correct name for Salvia horminum!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Scents are all subjective -- I love the smell of daffodils, but my hubby says they stink, LOL. :)

Durham, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

thanks all ;D

Western, PA(Zone 6a)

It is my understanding that the true clary sage is Salvia sclarea. Hugh green leaves at the base, biennial, very similiar to Salvia argentea, reseeds as far as 20 feet. I haven't had Salvia argentea reseed, but it will grow 'out' from the base.



This is the perennial problem with Common Names, they don't belong to just one plant. There can be no such thing as a true Clary Sage since, as we see here, at least 2 plants hold it as a widely known common name.

Western, PA(Zone 6a)

Baa, you caught me using a 'quotation' from a book on annuals. Good call.

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