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Such a plant as medicinal sage is widely known, but few gardeners and flower growers know about the existence of its decorative brother, clary sage, which is also called "Christ's eye".
In the wild, clary sage grows in the southern regions - in the Crimea, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Clary sage is a plant with a long, straight stem up to 60 cm in height, has large, elongated, petiolate leaves rounded at the ends. The flowers of the plant are bright blue, the large perianth is purple. The flowers give off a scent reminiscent of a mixture of rose, lavender, lemon and lily of the valley.
Growing clary sage It is not an easy matter, since the plant is very difficult to tolerate the unfavorable conditions of the middle lane. Despite this, the work invested in it is worth it, since clary sage can become an adornment of any personal plot.
Besides the decorative function of sage can be eaten, for the production of beer and wines, the leaves and inflorescences of the plant are usually used as a flavoring for jams. Clary sage oil used in the perfume industry.
Clary sage must be grown on rich soils with a deep arable layer, with the introduction of a sufficient amount of phosphorus, potash and nitrogen fertilizers.
To obtain seedlings, seeds are sown immediately in open ground in the month of April. Sage is transplanted to a permanent place at the age of 35-40 days, after the appearance of at least three leaves. Sage needs constant loosening, harrowing and weed removal.
The first harvest of leaves can be started as soon as the plant is in bloom. For the winter, the leaves of clary sage must be removed and cover the plant with an inverted box... The box is covered with foil and covered with straw and then snow. If this procedure is not followed, the sage will die.