Salvia urticifolia L.
Nettleleaf sage, Nettle-leaved sage, Wild sage
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: saur
Erect, somewhat viscid, blue- or purple-flowering (ocassionally white) perennial to 20-70cm. Leaves petioled, base cuneate, and deltoid or ovate, margin crenate or crenate-dentate, resembling the leaves of Urtica sp.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers in panicles on short pedicels, clustered in tiers on the stem. Corolla about 1.2cm in length. Lower lip 3-lobed, notched with a pair of white marks extending out of throat.
DistributionUSA: AL , DC , FL , GA , KY , MD , MS , NC , PA , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution: Hilly uplands from Pennsylvania south to Mississipi and into Florida.
Native Habitat: Open, dry woods and thickets, often on basic soils.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
Drought Tolerance: Medium , High
Soil Description: Prefers basic soils.
Conditions Comments: Dry, open woodlands on basic soils in upland Southeastern US.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy attractive flowers. Species could be used in the landscape.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
BibliographyBibref 1238 - Flora of the Southeastern United States (1913) Small, J. K.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Salvia urticifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia urticifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia urticifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-03-13
Research By: JAM