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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
Species: Salvia moorcroftiana

Salvia moorcroftiana Wall. ex Benth., 1830
Native distribution areas:
Primary references

Wallich, N. (1829) 1830. Plantae Asiaticae Rariores, or, Descriptions and figures of a select number of unpublished East Indian plants. Vol. 1. 100 pp. London. BHL Reference page. : 1:67.

Additional references

Govaerts, R.H.A. 2003. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [unavailable for the public] Reference page.


Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Salvia moorcroftiana in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 May 18. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2022. Salvia moorcroftiana. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2022. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published online. Accessed: 2022 May 18. Reference page. 2022. Salvia moorcroftiana. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 18 May 2022.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Salvia moorcroftiana. Published online. Accessed: May 18 2022.

Vernacular names

Salvia moorcroftiana is a herbaceous perennial native to the Himalayan mountains from Pakistan to western Nepal, and is especially common in the Kashmir Valley. It grows between 5,000 and 9,000 feet elevation on disturbed areas and open slopes. The leaves are used medicinally in Kashmir.[1]

Salvia moorcroftiana grows to 2.5 feet tall, with large long-stemmed basal leaves with a toothed margin that appear to be covered with white wool. The 1 inch pale lilac flowers grow on many inflorescences that rise above the leaves. The flowers are held in a hairy calyx, with showy green-veined bracts adding to the plant's charm. In cultivation, it prefers full sun, loose soil, good drainage, and regular watering.[1]

The plant also contains essential oil. [Manzoor A. Rather, Bilal A. Dar, Khursheed A. Bhat, Abdul S. Shawl, Mushtaq A. Qurishi, Mohd Yusuf Dar & Bashir A. Ganai (2011): Mono-sesquiterpenoid Composition in the Leaves and Flowers of Salvia moorcroftiana Wall ex Benth. Growing Wild in Kashmir, India, Journal of Essential Oil Research, 23:4, 21–25]

Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9.

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