Unit 52 (052)
1. Salvia or Sage
The genus Salvia has over 750 species. Plants in cultivation include annuals and
perennials. We study a few key plants, but there are many more in cultivation.
Salvia argentea has beautiful white woolly basal leaves.
Salvia discolor has interesting purple to black flowers.
Salvia officinalis is the common perennial sage or medicinal sage. It has yellow and
purple variegated cultivars. The leaves are pebbly looking like a cat’s tongue or
basketball cover. Salvia sclarea or clary sage has large basal leaves with a similar
Salvia splendens has a persistent and colorful calyx after the petals fall off.
Salvia nemorosa, Salvia x superba, and Salvia sylvestris are closely related and