Salvia L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this genus. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online lists 974 accepted species in the genus which includes 17 infraspecific names (hybrids between the species).
I have grown 10 different species and cultivars of Salvia and I plan on growing more. They are one of my favorite perennials for many reasons. They are carefree and drought tolerant, their scented foliage, many can be used in cooking, their awesome flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and so on. Many are insect resistant but not all.
There are native species to most parts of the world and many have naturalized in other parts. There are somehow a few exceptions.
Some are perennial while others are self-seeding annuals or just annuals grown as bedding plants.
The links below will provide you with additional information. The pages under this one are about the species and cultivars I have grown. The list will also grow…
The link below to Flowers by the Sea is probably the best website specializing in the Salvia. They have a lot of useful information and they are also a source of plants.
The link to The Missouri Botanical Garden takes you to their Plant Finder page to 62 different species and cultivars of Salvia.
The link to Dave’s Garden takes you to a list of several good articles about Salvia.
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