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Salvia subincisa, Sawtooth Sage

Salvia subincisa, Sawtooth SageSalvia subincisa, Sawtooth SageSalvia subincisa, Sawtooth Sage

Scientific Name: Salvia subincisa
Common Name: Sawtooth Sage
Also Called: Saw-tooth Sage, Sharptooth Sage
Family: Lamiaceae or Mint Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Annual
Size: Up to 18 inches more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; small, erect,
Leaves: Green; opposite leaves with sawtooth margins.
Flower Color: Purple, white inside the lower lip, flowers tubular, 1 or 2 in whorls, calyx turns green or greenish-purple and surrounds the fruit, which is a nutlet.
Flowering Season: August to September.
Elevation: Below 5,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Plains and mesas, sandy areas and near roadsides.

Recorded Range: Relatively rare in the United States where it is native to AZ, NM and marginally in TX. In Arizona Sawtooth Sage is found in central northwest (Coconino, Yavapai Counties) and in the south (Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties) and in the southeast (Greenlee and Graham Counties).

North America & US County Distribution Map for Salvia subincisa.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: Above 90 species in Salvia in the United States. 16 species in Arizona, about 24 species in California and about 16 species in New Mexico.

Comments: Photo above taken near Patagonia Mountain, Coronado National Forest, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.

Looks similar to: Lanceleaf Sage, Salvia reflexa.

Also see in Southwest Desert Flora; Chia, Salvia columbariae, and Autumn Sage, Salvia greggii.

Date Profile Completed: 10/23/2015, updated format 09/27/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 10/21/2015).
Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness (accessed 10/23/2015)
Wikipedia contributors, 'Salvia subincisa', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 September 2012, 21:32 UTC, [accessed 23 October 2015]
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information