It is perennial, and propagated by its roots, which readily part at any season. CLARY. Salvia Sclarea. The seeds are sown in autumn. It is biennial. The recent leaves dipped in milk, and then fried in butter, were formerly used as a dainty dish; but now it is mostly used as a pot-herb, and for making an useful beverage called Clary Wine, viz.
The roots, in conjunction with other medicines, are celebrated for the cure of scorbutic and cutaneous disorders, for which the following receipt is given by Lewis. SALVIA Sclarea. GARDEN CLARY. The Leaves and Seeds. These have a warm, bitterish, pungent taste; and a strong, not very agreeable smell: the touch discovers in the leaves a large quantity of glutinous or resinous matter.