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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Salvia urticifolia L.
Nettleleaf sage, Nettle-leaved sage, Wild sage
USDA Symbol: saur
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
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.
USDA Native Status: L48 N
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
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Record Modified: 2009-03-13
Research By: JAM