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The dried leaves of Salvia officinalis (family Labiatae), garden or meadow sage; it inhibits secretory activity, especially of the sweat glands, and was also formerly used in treatment of bronchitis and inflammation of the throat.
Synonym(s): sage


1. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia of the mint family, having opposite leaves, a two-lipped corolla, and two stamens.
2. A preparation made from the dried or crushed leaves of Salvia divinorum, or from an extract of the leaves, usually smoked, chewed, or ingested to produce a hallucinatory effect.


(sal've-a) [L. salvia, sage (the herb)]
A genus of herbs in the mint family

Salvia divinorum

A species native to Mexico, chewed or smoked for its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects.

Salvia hispanica

See: chia

Salvia miltiorrhiza

A species native to China and Japan, valued for its roots as a traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It has been used to treat cardiovascular diseases. Its effectiveness is unproven in humans. It increases the risk of bleeding and should be avoided by patients taking aspirin, warfarin, and other antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs. Synonym: danshen


a genus of the plant family Lamiaceae.

Salvia coccinea
an unidentified toxin causes abortion, diarrhea, recumbency. Called also S. lineata, red salvia.
Salvia reflexa
has a high nitrate content and causes nitrate-nitrite poisoning in ruminants. Called also mintweed.
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Some salvias, many of the showy penstemons around now and plants such as Convolvulus cneorum and Convolvulus sabatius, are right on the edge of hardiness.
6 Salvia guaranitica, especially its form 'Black and Blue', is an astonishing plant that can grow to 6-7ft in a season.
Loved by landscapers and novice gardeners alike for its colour and structure, the salvia is the Horticultural Trades Association's Plant of the Month for July.
Within the past decade or so, salvias have gained recognition for their long bloom time, their aromatic, sticky and colorful leaves, and their diverse growth habits.
Perennial salvias are clump-forming and some spread by underground stems.
Another taller plant we are using is Salvia farinacea,a dark blue flowered Salvia that we will dot in among the scheme and when in flower they always draw visitors' attention and it is also a good plant to attract bees into the garden.
One salvia we're prompting into growth in the greenhouse has tubers.
The endearing Salvias are sprinkled throughout the garden.
What: Garden Talks: Salvias with Betsy Clebsch, author of ``The New Book of Salvias,'' Wednesday.
Scarlet salvias produce one of the brightest red flowers in the garden spectrum ( and one of the most popular for bedding.