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Salvia dorrii

Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams

 

Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusSalviaFrom the Latin salveo, “I am well,” referring to the medicinal properties of some members of this genus
SpeciesdorriiAfter Clarendon Herbert Dorr (1816-1887), poet, inventor, and son of the captain of the first American ship to anchor in a California port. Dorr purportedly made collections of this plant near Virginia City, Nevada in the mid 1800s.

About plant names...

Desert sage is native to the western United States. It prefers sandy, rocky, or limestone soils on open, dry slopes, flats and foothills, at elevations of 2500-8800' (762-2682 m). The title of Zane Grey’s 1912 western novel Riders of the Purple Sage refers to this species, not sagebrush.

Plants: An upright or spreading, rough-barked woody shrub 8-31" (20-80 cm) tall × 8-20" (20-50 cm) around.

Leaves: opposite, oval or spoon-shaped, ½-1½" (1.5-4 cm) long × ⅛-½" (5-15 mm) wide. They are widest at the tips, and silver-gray or gray-green in color, due to the presence of fine hairs. Leaves usually have wavy edges, and emit a strong minty odor when crushed.

Flowers: Pale blue to purple, rarely rose-colored. Flowers form showy clusters. Each flower is ⅜-½" (1-1.3 cm) long, with two upper lips and a three-lobed bottom lip. Flowers appear May through July.

Fruits: Each flower produces four thick-walled gray to red-brown seeds (achenes). Each seed is ¹/₁₆-⅛" (1.8-3.5 mm) long.

Online References:

Salvia dorrii on (PDF)

Salvia dorrii on www.americansouthwest.net

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Salvia dorrii at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Salvia dorrii from the Jepson Manual

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/2/2018 · Cottonwood Spring, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
≈ 18 × 14" (46 × 34 cm) ID is uncertain

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

4/30/2018 · Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 1½ × 2" (4.3 × 5.8 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

4/30/2018 · Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 3 × 2" (7.9 × 5.8 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

4/30/2018 · Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 5 × 7" (13 × 17 cm)

Salvia dorrii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 4½ × 4" (11 × 9.9 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

8/9/2011 · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

4/30/2018 · Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 6 × 4" (16 × 11 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 4 × 6" (11 × 16 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/1/2018 · Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms, CA
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm) ID is uncertain

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 18 × 12" (46 × 31 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

4/30/2018 · Kelbaker Road, Mojave National Preserve, CA
≈ 3½ × 5" (9.1 × 13 cm)

Salvia dorrii (Desert Sage, Tobacco Sage, Door’s Sage)

5/3/2018 · Park Blvd., Joshua Tree National Park
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

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