Jepson eFlora: Taxon page
Vascular Plants of California
Key to families | Table of families and genera
Previous taxon Index to accepted names and synonyms:
| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M |
| N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |
Next taxon

Salvia eremostachya

Higher Taxonomy
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)View DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MINT FAMILY
Habit: Annual to shrub [tree, vine], glabrous to hairy, generally aromatic. Stem: generally erect, generally 4-angled. Leaf: generally simple to deeply lobed, generally opposite, generally gland-dotted. Inflorescence: generally cymes, generally many in dense axillary clusters surrounding stem, generally separated by evident internodes or collectively crowded, spike- or panicle-like, occasionally head-like or raceme, subtended by leaves or bracts; flowers sessile or pedicelled. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx generally 5-lobed, radial to bilateral; corolla generally bilateral, 1--2-lipped, upper lip entire or 2-lobed, +- flat to hood-like, occasionally 0, lower lip generally 3-lobed; stamens generally 4, epipetalous, generally exserted, paired, pairs generally unequal, occasionally 2, staminodes 2 or 0; ovary superior, generally 4-lobed to base chambers 2, ovules 2 per chamber, style 1, generally arising from center at junction of lobes, stigmas generally 2. Fruit: generally 4 nutlets, generally ovoid to oblong, smooth.
Genera In Family: +- 230 genera, 7200 species: worldwide. Many cultivated for herbs, oils (Lavandula, lavender; Mentha, mint; Rosmarinus, rosemary; Thymus, thyme), some cultivated as ornamental (in California Cedronella, Leonotis, Monarda, Phlomis). Note: Moluccella laevis L., shell flower, historical waif in California. Satureja calamintha (L.) Scheele subsp. ascendens (Jordan) Briq. reported as alien but not naturalized. Salazaria moved to Scutellaria; California Hyptis moved to Condea, California Satureja moved to Clinopodium.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dieter H. Wilken & Margriet Wetherwax, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Salvia eremostachya Jeps.
Habit: Shrub, erect, 60--80 cm, finely branched. Leaf: 1.5--3.3 cm; blade linear, puckered, base truncate; teeth minute, rounded. Inflorescence: clusters 1--3 per flower stem; bracts 5--12 mm, lanceolate to ovate, rose to purple, papery. Flower: calyx 6--9 mm, upper lip minutely 3-lobed; corolla tube white to pale lilac, 10--17 mm, upper lip 2-lobed, 1--7 mm, lower lip 4--12 mm; stamens, style exserted. Fruit: 3 mm, yellow-brown. Chromosomes: 2n=30.
Ecology: Dry, rocky, gravelly places, lower pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 450--1400 m. Bioregional Distribution: w edge DSon; Distribution Outside California: northern Baja California. Flowering Time: Mar--May
Jepson eFlora Author: Deborah Engle Averett
Reference: Walker & Sytsma 2007 Ann Bot 100:375--391
Index of California Plant Names (ICPN; linked via the Jepson Online Interchange)
Listed on CNPS Rare Plant Inventory

Previous taxon: Salvia dorrii var. pilosa
Next taxon: Salvia funerea

Name Search

Botanical illustration including Salvia eremostachya

botanical illustration including Salvia eremostachya

Please use this Google Form for Contact/Feedback

Citation for this treatment: Deborah Engle Averett 2012, Salvia eremostachya, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 03, 2023.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2023, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 03, 2023.

Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2006 Michael Charters
Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2014 Aaron Schusteff
Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2006 Michael Charters
Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2006 Michael Charters
Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2014 Aaron Schusteff
Salvia eremostachya
click for enlargement
© 2006 Michael Charters

More photos of Salvia eremostachya in CalPhotos

Geographic subdivisions for Salvia eremostachya:
w edge DSon
1. You can change the display of the base map layer control box in the upper right-hand corner.
2. County and Jepson Region polygons can be turned off and on using the check boxes.
map of distribution 1
(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).


Data provided by the participants of the  Consortium of California Herbaria.
View all CCH records
All markers link to CCH specimen records. The original determination is shown in the popup window.
Blue markers indicate specimens that map to one of the expected Jepson geographic subdivisions (see left map). Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues.

CCH collections by month

Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa, if there are more than 1 infraspecific taxon in CA.
Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time (fruiting time in some monocot genera).