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Salvia Lyrata

Lyreleaf Sage

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Lyreleaf Sage offers striking flowers, as well as patterned foliage, and is attractive to bees and butterflies.

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This delicate yet tenacious plant flowers in late spring. Multiple 2-lipped tubular purple flowers encircle stiff, upright stems that tower above a whorl of green and pruple patterned leaves. Lyreleaf Sage can grow in a variety of soil conditions including clay, sand and gravel, as well as humus-rich substrate. It grows in acidic as well as alkaline soils. It tolerates drought and flooding. A member of the Mint Family, it characteristically spreads throughout the site and will make an excellent groundcover once it self-seeds. It can also tolerate mowing and foot traffic. It’s delightful appearance makes it a perfect accent to other flowers and vegetation in the garden.

Wildlife Value: Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects are attracted to Lyreleaf Sage and benefit from the nectar and pollen.

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Late Spring to Early Summer

Bloom Colors: Purple

Deer Resistance: High

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: Piedmont - P, Highland - H, Coastal Plain - CP

Grows in Special Ecoregions: Pinelands

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic, Sandy, Clay

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic, Neutral, Slightly Alkaline

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist

Drought Tolerance: High

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 1 - 2 ft

Spread: .5 - 1 ft

Growth Rate: Medium