sal·​via | \ ˈsal-vē-ə How to pronounce salvia (audio) \

Definition of salvia

: any of a large and widely distributed genus (Salvia) of herbs and shrubs of the mint family having a 2-lipped open calyx and two anthers especially : one (S. splendens) with scarlet flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web The tones of purple salvia ‘Amistad’ and magenta ‘Love and Wishes,’ which looked so fabulous with mid-summer blooms, are equally handsome with fall foliage. oregonlive, "These plants will bring fall color and fragrance to Oregon gardens," 6 Nov. 2020 This is an annual salvia with small purple blooms, but it is not grown for the flowers, but the seeds. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery revealed and a bonus plant," 21 Sep. 2020 Her favorite plant, though, is a black and blue salvia. Karen Taylor,, "New Orleanians' thumbs get greener during coronavirus shutdown. We talk to 3 new gardeners," 6 Aug. 2020 Other plants to grow during the summer include milkweed, porter weed, lantana, cosmos, sunflower, and salvia. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: How to attract butterflies to your San Antonio garden all year long," 21 May 2020 Other blooming perennials include the many selections of lantana, salvia, four-o-clock, esperanza, thyrallis, poinciana and iris. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Deer-proof plant suggestions for your San Antonio garden," 7 May 2020 Loose plants along the fence (such as salvia, lamb’s ears, and artemisia) soften the structured boxwoods. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "See How One Alabama Family Transformed a Starter House Into Their Forever Home," 25 Apr. 2020 Get a seed-starter kit Tender plants, including tomatoes, basil and peppers, or flowers such as marigolds, moon vine and salvia, can be started indoors and planted outdoors in pots or window boxes later in the spring, says Warhurst. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Stuck inside? Tips for indoor gardening to bring green to your space while quarantined," 1 Apr. 2020 Rockin’ Blue Suede Shoes is a new salvia that’s a great pollinator, said Standard. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New plants for 2020 put emphasis on attracting butterflies and bees, helping environment," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of salvia

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for salvia

New Latin, from Latin, sage — more at sage

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“Salvia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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sal·​via | \ ˈsal-vē-ə How to pronounce salvia (audio) \

Medical Definition of salvia

1 capitalized : a genus of widely distributed herbs or shrubs of the mint family (Labiatae) including the sage (S. officinalis)
2 : any herb or shrub of the genus Salvia

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