Clary Sage is a biennial plant native to the northern Mediterranean and Central Asia. It has square, brownish stems growing to almost a metre high, hairy and with few branches. The large, heart shaped leaves are arranged in pairs, with velvety hairs and jagged edges. The pale blue or white flowers grow on a spike. The herb has a reputation for medicinal use but due to its distinct aromatic, warm and slightly bitter flavor is also incorporated in cooking. It is also used as a substitute for hops in beer, communicating considerable bitterness and intoxicating property.