Salvia judaica, Judean Sage,
מרוות יהודה

Scientific name:  Salvia judaica Boiss.
Common name:  Judean Sage
Hebrew name:   מרוות יהודה
Family:  Labiatae / Lamiaceae, שפתניים

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Life form:  Hemicryptophyte
Leaves:  Opposite, rosette, entire, petiolate; dentate or serrate
Flowers:  Violet, borne in distant whorls of 6 to 12 each
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Habitat:   Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Salvia, Latin salvere, to save, referring to the long-believed healing properties of salvia. Pliny the Elder was the first known to use the Latin name salvia.
judaica, from the Hebrew יהודה, Yehudah, Judah, the name given to the mountainous southern part of the historic Land of Israel (Hebrew: ארץ ישראל‎ Eretz Yisrael).
  • The standard author abbreviation Boiss. is used to indicate Pierre Edmond Boissier (1810 – 1885), a Swiss botanist, explorer and mathematician.
The plant's inflorescence has almost exactly the shape and form of the menorah, the seven-branched candelabra.