Salvia verbenaca, Salvia clandestina,
Wild clary, Vervain sage, Wild sage,
Hebrew: מרווה מצויה, Arabic: قصعين رعي الحمام

Scientific name:  Salvia verbenaca L.
Synonym name:  Salvia clandestina L.
Common name:  Wild clary, Vervain sage, Wild sage
Hebrew name:   מרווה מצויה
Arabic name:  قصعين رعي الحمام
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

Israel Flowers

Life form:   Hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Stems nearly upright, 60 cm high
Leaves:  Opposite, rosette, entire, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Flowers in whorls, almost naked, containg about six blue, lilach flowers
Fruits / Pods:   Nutlets
Flowering Period:   January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:   Ephemeral

Salvia verbenaca,Salvia clandestina, Wild clary,Vervain sage, Wild sage, מרווה מצויה,قصعين رعي الحمام


Derivation of the botanical name:
Salvia, Latin salvere, to save, referring to the long-believed healing properties of salvia. Pliny the Elder was the first known to use the Latin name salvia.
verbenaca, resembling Verbena.
clandestina, secret, hidden.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Salvia verbenaca could be considered as a potential source of natural antioxidants.


Flora of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine