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.
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.
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.