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Lyreleaf Sage - Salvia lyrata


Family: Lamiaceae - Mint family Genus Common Name: Sage Native Status: Native
Salvia lyrata - Lyreleaf Sage. Lyreleaf Sage is a member of the mint family. Leaves are primarily basal, are oblong and deeply pinnately lobed. The plant is 1 to 2 feet tall, and blossoms in late spring or early summer. It can dominate open fields during its blooming season. The genus name Salvia implies the many medicinal purposes for which many of the over 900 species in the genus are used; there are over 90 species of Salvia in North America.

Salvia lyrata can be weedy or invasive, according to some authorities.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

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Salvia lyrata

Distribution of Salvia lyrata in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 26 Apr 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-May-04Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D60
1/60f/16 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
The blossom of Lyreleaf Sage is two-lipped, with the upper lip much shorter and narrower than the lower lip.
Salvia lyrata

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-May-04Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/60f/16 ISO200
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv)
The terminal racemes of Salvia lyrata have several nodes of whorled blossom clusters on the usually single stems.
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Salvia lyrata

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