Purple Sage

Scientific Name:

Salvia dorrii

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Mountainous areas with dry soil

Range:

Western United States

Status:

No listed status

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Purple sage, also called Dorr’s sage, is a fragrant, herbaceous perennial or woody shrub with rough, peeling bark. It grows up to 36 inches in diameter and up to 32 inches high. Purple sage eaves are soft and silvery, like other plants we call sage, and they can grow to 4 centimeters long and 1.5 centimeters wide. Around Reno, the blue-purple flowers bloom in May.

Fast Facts:

  • “Salvia,” the name of the genus, comes from Latin salveo, meaning “I am well.”

  • While found throughout the arid western states, purple sage is also used as an ornamental plant.

  • Purple sage has historically been used by many indigenous American tribes for a wide array of medicinal purposes, including treating colds, headaches, influenza, and epilepsy.

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