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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Lamiales

Familia: Lamiaceae
Subfamilia: Nepetoideae
Tribus: Mentheae
Subtribus: Salviinae
Genus: Salvia
Subgenus: S. subg. Sclarea
Sectio: S. sect. Echinosphace
Species: Salvia dorrii
Subspecies: S. d. subsp. dorrii – S. d. subsp. mearnsii

Salvia dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams, Ill. Fl. Pacific States 3: 639 (1951).

Audibertia dorrii Kellogg, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 2: 190 (1863).
Audibertiella dorrii (Kellogg) Briq., Bull. Herb. Boissier 2: 73 (1894).
Ramona dorrii (Kellogg) Briq. in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4(3a): 287 (1896).

Native distribution areas:

Northern America
Northwestern U.S.A
Idaho, Oregon, Washington.
Southwestern U.S.A.
Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Salvia dorrii in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 January 15. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Salvia dorrii. Published online. Accessed: 15 January 2021.

Salvia dorrii,[2][3] the purple sage,[2] Dorr's sage, fleshy sage, mint sage, or tobacco sage, is a perennial spreading shrub in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to mountain areas in the western United States and northwestern Arizona, found mainly in the Great Basin and southward to the Mojave Desert, growing in dry, well draining soils.[4]


Salvia dorrii is a woody subshrub reaching 10–70 cm (4–28 in) in height and width. The grey-green leaves are narrow and lanceolate, are tapered at the base and rounded at the tip generally without teeth or lobes. They are generally basal, and 1–3 cm (3⁄8–1+1⁄8 in) long. They have an intense but pleasant, mildly intoxicating minty aroma, with the scent released when the foliage is handled or crushed. The inflorescence is made up of spike-like clusters of numerous purple flowers that are bilaterally symmetric. Each cluster is 12–30 mm (1⁄2–1+1⁄8 in) across. Bracts are generally round 5–12 mm (1⁄4–1⁄2 in) long. Each calyx is usually 6–11 mm (1⁄4–3⁄8 in). The upper lip is most often round without teeth or lobes. The lower lip lobes are pointed without spines. The color is variable, blue to purple to rose. The corolla tube is 6–13 mm (1⁄4–1⁄2 in) or so, often blue but sometimes purple to pink to white. The stamens and style protrude from the flower. The latter is forked at the tip. The flowers remain on the plants after being pollinated, with the desiccated flowers remaining for some weeks or months after flowering.[5][6][7][8]

It is a larval host plant to the elegant sphinx moth.[9]

Salvia dorii var. pilosa in Antelope Valley, about 2,945 feet (900 m)

Salvia dorii in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Salvia dorii in dry mountain habitat, about 10,000 feet (3,000 m)

Salvia dorii var. clokeyi, about 8,600 feet (2,600 m)

Uses and toxicity

Some chemical components found in Salvia dorrii include salvidorol and two epimeric abietane diterpenes.[10]

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Ahmed, A. A.; Mohamed, A. el-H. H.; Karchesy, J.; Asakawa, Y. (2006). "Salvidorol, a nor-abietane diterpene with a rare carbon skeleton and two abietane diterpene derivatives from Salvia dorrii". Phytochemistry. 67 (5): 424–428. doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2005.12.009. PMID 16458943.

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