Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Salvia - Etymology

Salvia derives from the Latin salvere ("to feel well and healthy, health, heal"), referring to the the herb's healing properties. Pliny the Elder was the first author known to describe a plant called "Salvia" by the Romans, likely describing the type species for the genus Salvia, Salvia officinalis. The common modern English name sage derives from Middle English sawge, which was loaned from Old French sauge, and like the botanical name, stems from Latin salvere.