Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with approximately 700900 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. It is one of several genera commonly referred to as sage. The genus is distributed throughout the Old World and the Americas, with three distinct regions of diversity: Central and South America (approx. 500 species); Central Asia and Mediterranean (250 species); Eastern Asia (90 species).
Contributions by Curtis Clark, MPF, and Stan Shebs.