Salvia subincisa – Sawtooth Sage
Scientific Name: Salvia subincisa
Common Names: Sawtooth Sage, Saw-tooth Sage
Growth Habit: Herb/Forb
Arizona Native Status: Native
Flower Color: Indigo blue
Flowering Season: Summer, Early fall. This wildflower blooms after the summer monsoon rains have begun.
Height: Up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall
Description: The flowers are in a raceme and are either solitary or in whorls of 2 or 3 around the stems. The small individual flowers are tubular and have a small upper lip and a much larger lower lip with paired white blotches below the mouth and 2 large, flared, rounded lobes at the tip. The flowers are each followed by a ribbed, bilobed, glandular-hairy, green to dark purple fruiting calyx that dries to brown and contains tan-colored nutlets. The leaves are green, saw-toothed, minutely glandular-hairy, and oblong or narrowly lance-shaped with a pointed tip. The stems are upright, glandular hairy, green to dark purple in color, and square in cross section. The plants are slender and easily overlooked unless blooming.
Foul-smelling – The crushed foliage has a skunky smell.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Lamiaceae – Mint family
Genus: Salvia L. – sage
Species: Salvia subincisa Benth. – sawtooth sage
More About This Plant