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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Flowers that can be planted from seed directly into the garden include alyssum, aster, celosia, cosmos, four o’clocks, marigold, morning glory, periwinkle, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, verbena and zinnia. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Roses (and rose gardens) fill Sacramento with romance," 13 Apr. 2018 Good fillers include salvias, verbenas, ornamental peppers, and wax begonias, as well as foliage plants like parsley or licorice plants. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 These include asters, ornamental salvias, caryopteris, perovskia, lespedeza, buddleia and chrysanthemums. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018 Summer annuals to consider for a holiday planter: Victoria blue or white salvia (S. farinacea). Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Collect seeds of hollyhocks, salvias, California poppies and other flowers to sow at the best time. 51. Tom Maccubbin,, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Then in the spring, feed your salvias with a light application of fertilizer with the emergence of growth and continue feeding every six to eight weeks through September. Norman Winter, Houston Chronicle, "Golden Delicious pineapple sage," 25 May 2018 The summer blue salvias are favorite nectar sources for hummingbirds and butterflies and are very drought tolerant. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "For your garden: 6 woody perennials that love the heat," 18 May 2018 Neil, what’s that bush with the salvia-like flowers on it? Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "The vivacious and venerable vitex is a plant you should know (and grow)," 7 June 2018

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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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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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