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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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There are salvias for every climate, from dry deserts and windswept prairies to the mild-winter coast.
A bed of traditional red bedding salvias covers the ground satisfactorily, in their tracks.
But salvias are easy to strike from cuttings or grow from seed.
Salvias are occasionally grown as foliage plants and the furry silver leaves of salvia argentea are guaranteed to encourage much stroking and brushing.
The silver, woolly-leaved Salvia Argentea is fab for foilage.
The salvia family, however, is one of my favorites.
Salvia chiapensis, a low mounding shrub with pink flowers; Salvia bicolor, with navy blue petals and silvery green calyces; Salvia guaranitica, whose violet-purple petals resemble the gaping jaws of a dragon; Salvia ``Waverly,'' with long wands of white flowers tinged with magenta.
The Waverly cultivar is one of the newer salvias (sages), and no species name has yet been attached to it.
Many of the salvias also seem to flourish in winter.
Within the last 10 years or so, salvias have gained recognition for their long bloom time, their aromatic, sticky and colorful leaves, and their diverse growth habits.
Salvias have had a good year all round but what better way to bring it to a grand finale than with this plant.
IN the big greenhouse we've been attending to eucomis, salvias, agapanthus and dahlias - including 'Bishop's Children', grown from seed.