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

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

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


Flora of Israel online, Native plants, Palestine, Salvia verbenaca,Salvia clandestina, Wild clary,Vervain sage, Wild sage, قصعين رعي الحمام ,מרווה מצויה