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Salvia aethiopis
African sage

Distribution: Introduced from the Mediterranean region to southwest United States, spreading north to eastern Oregon.

Habitat: A weed of dry waste places and roadsides.

Flowers: June - July

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Growth Duration: Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


: Coarse biennial from a stout taproot, the stem 2-7 dm. tall, freely branched, woolly throughout when young, becoming partly glabrate.


Basal and lowermost cauline leaves petiolate, with large, ovate-oblong blades 6-25 cm. long, pinnately shallowly lobed, the lobes finely dentate; cauline leaves abruptly reduced to sessile, foliaceous bracts.


Inflorescence an open panicle, with verticles of flowers scattered along the branches, subtended by bracts 1-2 cm. long; calyx 1 cm. long, woolly; corolla pale yellow, 1.5-2.5 cm. long, the upper lip arched and hooded; stamens 2, shortly exerted.


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Accepted Name:
Salvia aethiopis L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 27. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Salvia aethiopis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Salvia aethiopis checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Salvia aethiopis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Salvia aethiopis photos.

USDA Plants: Salvia aethiopis information.

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