Definition of salvia in English:



  • A widely distributed plant of a genus including the sages, especially (in gardening) a bedding plant cultivated for its spikes of bright flowers.

    • ‘Bright red salvias, phlox, anthurium and balsam flower in profusion in neat rows, and no wonder Thangam won the first prize for her garden.’
    • ‘The golden centers of the aster flowers are repeated in the color of the Mexican Marigold-Mint, and spike flowers of salvia make wonderful cut flowers and garden displays.’
    • ‘Plant several poppies as your tall center flowers, then add colorful snapdragons or blue salvia, candytuft, pansies, and sweet alyssum or Dusty Miller to fill out your container.’
    • ‘Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas.’
    • ‘Fill containers with herbs, such as oregano, trailing rosemary, salvias, or thyme.’


Modern Latin, from Latin salvia sage.