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Salvia urticifolia (Nettleleaf sage)
Cressler, Alan

Salvia urticifolia

Salvia urticifolia L.

Nettleleaf Sage, Nettle-leaved Sage, Wild Sage

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


USDA Symbol: saur

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom 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.


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Use Ornamental: Showy attractive flowers. Species could be used in the landscape.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Webref 83 - Wildflowers of the United States (2020) Gerry Williamson

Additional resources

USDA: Find Salvia urticifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia urticifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia urticifolia


Record Modified: 2023-02-27
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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