Salvia deserti, Desert Sage,
Hebrew: מרוות המדבר, Arabic: ميريميه

Scientific name:  Salvia deserti Decne.
Common name:  Desert Sage
Hebrew name:  מרוות המדבר
Arabic name:  ميريميه
Plant Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

פרחים וצמחי בר בארץ ישראל

Life form:  Chamaephyte, a subshrub
Stems:  Up to 10-15cm
Leaves:  Opposite,entire, grey lanate, dentate or serrate, no stipule
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite, white, dark blue
Fruits / pods:  Achene-like nutlets, single-seeded
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:  Desert, Thermophilous plants
Distribution:  Deserts and extreme deserts
Chorotype:  Saharo-Arabian
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Israel, Native plants, Botany, Palestine
Location: Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater), Ha-Minsara (The Carpentry Shop)


Derivation of the botanical name:
Salvia, Latin salvere, to save, referring to the long-believed healing properties of salvia. Pliny the Elder was the first known to use the Latin name salvia.
deserti, of or from the desert.
  • The standard author abbreviation Decne. is used to indicate Joseph Decaisne (1807 – 1882), a French botanist and agronomist.

Flora, Israel, Flowers, Nature
Location: Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater), Ha-Minsara (The Carpentry Shop)


Salvia deserti,مريمية صحراوية, מרוות המדבר
Location: Makhtesh Ramon (Ramon Crater), Ha-Minsara (The Carpentry Shop)