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Salvia pachyphylla

COMMON NAME: Thick-Leaved Sage

PURPORTED HEALTH BENEFITS: Produces cytotoxic compounds.

PLANT TYPE: Perennial shrub.

NATIVE RANGE: California, Nevada, and Arizona.

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Salvia pachyphylla has a number of common names including Mountain Desert Sage, Blue Sage, and Thick-Leaved Sage. As a member of the Mint Family (Lamiaceae) it produces that distinctively fresh minty smell that most people recognize. Native American groups used it to treat flu symptoms and it is said to produce a number of interesting compounds. This plant is native to California and its range extends a little ways into Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico. Two strongholds are found in the San Bernardino Mountains and in the southern Sierra Nevada range.

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