One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A widely distributed plant of a genus including the sages, especially (in gardening) a bedding plant cultivated for its spikes of bright flowers.
Genus Salvia, family Labiatae: many species, in particular the scarlet-flowered S. splendens
- ‘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’.
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