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

Examples of salvia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also a few types of annuals that fall into this group including snapdragon, angelonia, lantana, annual salvias, and verbena. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 Amistad salvia This purple annual salvia grows 3 to 4 feet high, which is tall enough to be planted in the ground and used extensively by hummingbirds. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2023 Skyscraper salvia This annual blooms prolifically on tall stems all season long. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 14 July 2023 Chinese Salvia Chinese salvia (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a flowering vine native to East Asia. Discover Magazine, 30 June 2023 Some gardeners see it as a very large salvia, and in fact, just like salvia, deer do not eat it. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2022 Superior glossy foliage and masses of rich magenta flowers make this salvia a standout. By sunset, Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2023 Rockin Deep Purple salvia This annual salvia, in the Rockin' Salvia Series, is improved for 2023, Standard said. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 23 Mar. 2023 Native to the foothills of the Andes, this perennial salvia plant starts booming with fuzzy, hot pink blossoms from early summer through fall. Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 2 Oct. 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, sage — more at sage

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salvia was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Salvia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


sal·​via ˈsal-vē-ə How to pronounce salvia (audio)
capitalized : a genus of widely distributed herbs or shrubs of the mint family (Labiatae) including the sage (S. officinalis)
: any herb or shrub of the genus Salvia

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