Salvia hierosolymitana in the Salvias Database

Credit: Gideon Pisanty (Gidip);  Anthophora dufourii Lepeletier,

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Location: Mount Carmel, Israel, April 10, 2012.Credit: Gideon Pisanty (Gidip);  Anthophora dufourii Lepeletier,
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 27, 2013 11:38 PM

"Salvia hierosolymitana (Jerusalem sage) is a herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean, with populations in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. It typically grows in open fields, rocky soils, and among low-growing native shrubs. It was first described in 1853 by botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier, with the epithet "hierosolymitana" referring to "royal, sacred Jerusalem".

It forms a mound of basal leaves that spreads to 2 feet, and slightly less in height. The ovate mid-green leaves are evergreen, lightly covered with hairs, and with a scalloped margin, growing 8-10 inches long with prominent veining underneath. The 1 inch or smaller flowers are a wine-red color, growing in widely spaced whorls, with 2-6 flowers per whorl. The lower lip is white, with wine-red spotting. The calyces are pea-green with red veins and bracts edged in red. The square stem of the 1 foot long inflorescences are also edged in red. Unlike many salvias, there is no odor when the leaves are crushed, and there is no known medicinal use of this plant."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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