The salvias include 700 species of annual, biennial and perennial herbs and shrubs of the mint family. They come from tropical and temperate regions throughout the world. Their aromatic foliage and bright flowers in a rainbow of shades have been cherished since ancient times.
Salvia officinalis, the garden sage, is a famous culinary herb with very fragrant flowers considered sacred by ancient Romans. The name salvia is Latin for “healthy” as some species were used medicinally to increase longevity and in the digestion of fatty foods.
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