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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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Salvia guacana se separa bien de otras especies colombianas y mas concretamente, dentro de la Seccion Tubiflorae a la que se adscribe, de la especie considerada mas cercana, S.
A low mounding plant native to California is Salvia sonomensis.
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria' is excellent for cutting, with spikes of rich violet blue that look as if they have been cut from the finest of cloth.
Salvia patens, from Mexico has produced a hybrid called Cambridge Blue that has the most delightful pale-blue flowers.
Salvia patens , which bears deep blue flowers on 60cm (2ft) stems, is hardier and can survive mild winters in the North.
When people see salvias in bloom and discover how glorious they are, they can't resist buying them," says Jeff Rosendale, owner of the wholesale Rosendale Nursery in Watsonville, California.
The two beds are very different in effect, but have unifying links in the salvias, and in the height and spread of the plant material used.
50) is a much-expanded edition of the author's 1997 monograph, covering 150 kinds of salvia, including many species she has collected from the wild.
The balance between flower and leaf makes for a satisfying plant whereas Salvia discolor is simply OTT.
There's a big debate about the hardiness of salvias.
Gravel beds were planted with geraniums, salvias, hebes and salvias in a purple, blue and mauve colour scheme.
Salvias are mostly from warm, dry parts of the world where cacti and dune grass are its neighbours.