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

Examples of salvia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Annual salvia, tropical shrimp plant and cardinal climber are also good choices for hummingbirds, Crowe said. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 My salvia greggii ‘Lipstick’ used to die completely back in the winter and sprout again in the spring. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 Pruning salvia can be done either late fall/early winter, or in early spring, before new growth begins. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 Can trumpetvine and pink salvia be kept in pots over the winter? Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 21 Sep. 2020 Her favorite plant, though, is a black and blue salvia. Karen Taylor,, 6 Aug. 2020 Other plants to grow during the summer include milkweed, porter weed, lantana, cosmos, sunflower, and salvia. Calvin Finch,, 21 May 2020 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Salvia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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