Clary sage

Clary sage, also known as clary or Salvia sclerea is a biennial or perennial herbaceous plant native to northern Mediterranean. The plant is usually 3 to 4 ft tall and it grows thick square stems covered in hairs. The flowers of the plant appear in verticils, ranging in color from pale mauve to lilac or white to pink. The herb has been used as a medical herb throughout centuries, but it is currently grown exclusively for its essential oil which finds its use in perfumery and as a muscatel flavoring for vermouths, wines, and liqueurs.