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Salvia funerea
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in Titus Canyon, Death Valley
Scientific classification

Salvia funerea, with the common names Death Valley sage, woolly sage, and funeral sage, is an intricately branched shrub associated with limestone soils in the Mojave Desert in California and Nevada. It has an overall white appearance due to wooly hairs that cover the stems and leaves.


The plant can be found in dry washes and canyons: including on the western slopes of the Funeral Mountains, Black Mountains, and Granite Mountains, in Titus Canyon in the Grapevine Mountains, and in the northern Panamint Range. Most populations are within Death Valley National Park, in Inyo County, California and Nye County, Nevada.

The specific epithet, "funerea", relates to where the plant was first found, in the Funeral Mountains along the California-Nevada border. It is closely related to Salvia greatae.


Salvia funerea is a shrub that produces many branches coated in white woolly fibers and may exceed a meter in height. The leaves are tipped with spines.

Two-lipped flowers occur in clusters of three in each leaf axil. The tubular purple or blue corollas are between one and two centimeters long and are surrounded by calyces of spine-tipped sepals. The flowers on 1"-3" spikes are partially hidden by tufts of wool.

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