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Salvia sclarea

Distribution: Scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; occasionally escaping in parts of western, central, and eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides and other disturbed areas.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Coarse, spreading-hairy biennial, the stem 5-15 dm. tall, freely-branched; many of the hairs gland-tipped.


Leaves opposite, the lowermost long-petiolate, wrinkled, ovate to ovate-oblong, toothed or doubly toothed, the blade 7-20 cm. long; cauline leaves reduced upward and with shorter petioles, often few.


Branches with scattered verticels of flowers subtended by conspicuous bracts 1-3 cm. long with a tail, often dry and purplish; calyx glandular and hairy, the upper lip with bristle-tipped, lateral teeth 1.5-3 mm. long well separated from the shorter, central tooth; corolla bilabiate, blue or white, often marked with yellow, 1.5-3 cm. long, the upper lip arched, somewhat hooded, longer than the tube and 3-lobed lower lip; stamens 2, ascending under the upper lip, exerted.


Nutlets 4.

Accepted Name:
Salvia sclarea L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 27. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Salvia sclarea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Salvia sclarea checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Salvia sclarea information.

E-Flora BC: Salvia sclarea atlas page.

CalPhotos: Salvia sclarea photos.

USDA Plants: Salvia sclarea information.

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