Salvia pinnata, Cut-leavef sage,
Hebrew: מרווה מנוצה, Arabic: قصعين ريشي

Scientific name:  Salvia pinnata L.
Common name:  Cut-leavef sage
Hebrew name:   מרווה מנוצה
Arabic name:  قصعين ريشي
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

 Salvia pinnata, Cut-leavef sage, قصعين ريشي,מרווה מנוצה

Life form:   hemicryptophyte
Stems:  Trailing stalks, hairy
Leaves:  Opposite, rosette, compound, pinnate, dentate or serrate
Flowers:  In whorls, large both corolla and calyx of a deep purple, blue color Purple
Fruits / Pods:  Nutlets
Flowering Period:   March, April, May
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:   Ephemeral

Flowers in Israel online, native plants, Palestine

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.
pinnata, "featherlike;" having leaflets arranged on each side of a common stalk.
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 L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.