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Clary Sage

Salvia sclarea ‘Vatican White’

Salvia

Sage

Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are di­­verse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs, many hailing from the Mediterranean, Mexico, South America and some of our western states. Reliable once established, and generally undaunted by pests, disease and drought, they combine an array of flowers and often aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes and hues.

<i>Salvia sclarea</i> ‘Vatican White’

This noble architectural Sage has been grown in almost every botanical sanctuary throughout human history. The catalog of its uses is extensive: a flavoring for wines and liqueurs; an oil for perfumes, potpourri and incense, while medicinally, it is reputed to ease stomach ailments and stop the aging process! Today, ‘Vatican White’ is cultivated for its stately vigorous bearing in the border. Large, gray-green leaves—lance-shaped and leathery—remain attractive throughout the season. Each stalwart stem is topped with widely branching panicles of pure white blossoms and big, brilliant whorled white bracts, which lend a floral effect from May to September. Clary Sage requires little water or attention, but insists on excellent drainage.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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