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 Some of the Marvel salvias were in garden centers this spring and are available at online retailers. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plants in the ground, ready for summer," 3 July 2019 There are hummer plants that everyone is familiar with, most notably salvias, penstemons, buddlejas, foxgloves and fuchsias. Earl Nickel,, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019 Monrovia offers a repeat blooming coneflower named Evolution Colorific, as well as a salvia hardy to Zone 7 (coastal New York and south) named Vibe Ignition Purple. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Sunflowers in October? Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again.," 21 Aug. 2019 Unlike many hardy, perennial salvia, this series from Darwin Perennials blooms all summer. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plants in the ground, ready for summer," 3 July 2019 There also are some new perennial salvias, including a couple more in the Marvel series. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plants in the ground, ready for summer," 3 July 2019 In the garden, Mexican honeysuckle, cape honeysuckle, zinnias, porterweed, four o’clock, salvia, lantana, shrimp plant, Turk’s cap and esperanza will be visited by the migrants. Calvin Finch,, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019 Proven Winners has its own suite of repeating hardy salvias under its Profusion series, including Rockin’ Deep Purple. Adrian Higgins, Houston Chronicle, "Growers set their sights on developing re-bloomers for the garden," 21 Aug. 2019 Fashion axe beard salvia gastropub, unicorn trust fund readymade waistcoat. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "After Seattle Times alert flub inspires jokes on Reddit, Seattle musician creates hipster parody of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of salvia was in 1601

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Salvia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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