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Clary sage identification and control: Salvia sclarea

Clary sage identification and control

Salvia sclarea

clary sage plant

This Class A Noxious Weed is found in limited distribution in Stevens County, where it is invasive and difficult to control in open range lands or pastures. Eradication of clary sage is required in King County. In Western Washington, clary sage is sometimes sold as a garden ornamental. However, it is on the state quarantine list, and is illegal to buy, sell or offer this plant for sale in Washington. For more information on noxious weed regulations and definitions, see Noxious weed lists and laws.

Clary sage can be distinguished by the large, colorful bracts found beneath each flower. However, sage species are difficult to distinguish so it is best to get an expert identification before removing. 

Additional information on clary sage

What to do if you find this plant in King County, Washington

Please notify us if you see clary sage growing in King County. Our program staff can provide the property owner or appropriate public agency with site-specific advice on how best to remove it. We map all known locations of regulated noxious weeds such as clary sage in order to help us and others locate new infestations in time to control them.

Report clary sage in King County, Washington

Locate clary sage in King County, Washington

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Program offices are located at 201 S. Jackson St., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98104. To contact staff, see the Noxious Weed Control Program Directory, send an email, or call 206-477-WEED (206-477-9333).