Growing clary sage for the first time. Currently in year 2 and is in flower.
The issue is the plants are not nearly as fragrant as they were in year one. You could smell them 100' away and now just the flowers have a barely perceptible clary sage smell and nothing from the foliage. They are otherwise super vibrant and healthy looking.
I'm disappointed because I wanted to make an essential oil from them but without the volatile compounds, the yield probably won't be worth it.
My question for clary growers: Is this par the course for clary sage to lose its fragrance in year two? If not I'd be curious to hear what the change could be caused by.
edit: A reputable source informed me that clary sage leaves do not carry the perfume odor of the plant and that the blossoms are all that is used.. So I'm even more curious now why my foliage was so fragrant in year one of the biennial cycle...