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:  Perennating

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 Israeli botanists Dr. Ephraim and Hanah Hareuveni pointed out that the architecture of the vertical inflorescence of this species of Salvia resembles the shape of the Menorah, in particular—the Salvia Palaestina. Therefore, they suggested that it had inspired the design of the Menorah. Moreover, based on etymology perspectives they suggested that the Hebrew word “Marva, מרווה” (Salvia) was originated from the Hebrew word “Moriah” (the Temple Mount name), reflecting the connection between this plant and the Menorah, which was situated inside the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
  • 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)