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Salvia (Sage)
Family Lamiaceae
Name Salvia Spp.
Etymology
Salvia From Latin salvere meaning be well, referring to the belief that sage has healing qualities.

Pictures:
Gentian Sage
Pineapple Sage
Forsythia Sage
  See also:  Food plants, Ornamentals

Salvia is a large genus of annual and perennial plants belonging to the mint family. Most have fragrant leaves, and a few, such as Sage (Salvia officinalis) and Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) are used as herbs.

 Gentian Sage


Flower
Name Salvia patens
Common Name Gentian Sage

This deciduous plant survives as underground stems in the Winter. The season begins when the plant starts growing in the Spring. In the Summer, it produces the most intense, almost flourescent, blue flowers that few plants can rival. The flowers are produced on tall thin spikes carried above the leaves.


Flower

 Pineapple Sage

Name Salvia elegans
Common Name Pineapple Sage
Etymology
elegans From Latin elegans meaning elegant.

Pineapple sage is semi-deciduous. In regions that get little or no frost, it remains evergreen, but in all other areas, it is deciduous. Where heavy frosts occur, the tops may even die down to the grownd, but the plant will soon shoot away again when warmer weather returns.

The leaves have a very distinctive pineapple flavour when crushed, and can be used to flavour salads and casseroles. Not to be left behind, the nectar is edible - pull off one flower and suck the nectar out from behind. It too has a pineapple flavour.


Flower

 Forsythia Sage


Flowers
Name Salvia madrensis
Common Name Forsythia Sage
Etymology
madrensis From Madeira Island (Latinised).

The name of this sage refers to Siera Madre Oriental mountain range in Mexico, where it comes from.


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