Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lyre Leaf Sage

LYRE-LEAF SAGE (Lyre Leaved Sage)
Salvia lyrata
Family: Mint (Labiacea)
Lyre-leaf sage is a strictly upright, hairy perennial, 1-2 ft.
tall. Its pale-blue to violet, tubular flowers are arranged in whorls around the
stem forming an interrupted, terminal spike.Whorls of 3-10 lavender to blue flowers surrounding a square stem in an interrupted, spike-like cluster. Large basal leaves are purple-tinged in the winter.
The exposed lower lip of salvias provides an excellent landing platform for bees. When a bee lands, the two
stamens are tipped, and the insect is doused with pollen.

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1 comment:

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