Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4053

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain of GA & SC, uncommon in SC Piedmont, rare elsewhere

Look for it in sandhills, hammocks, other sandy or rocky woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles obscured by decurrent blade

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
2-lipped 5-lobed calyx
2-lipped corolla
2 fertile exserted stamens & possibly some sterile stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers in racemes

FRUIT:
Fall
Mericarps olive-brown
Schizocarp of mericarps

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Salvia azurea var. azurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Salvia azurea var. azurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 164-22-004:
Salvia azurea   FAMILY Lamiaceae

LESS THAN Salvia azurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Azure Sage


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image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_218

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_218b

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Leaves linear, narrowly elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_230

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Upper lip densely bearded on the back, lower lip longer and spreading, per Flora of the southeastern United States (JK Small, 1913).

image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_246

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers spaced out, internodes of mature inflorescences to 25(34)mm, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_254

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Flowers arranged in distinct racemes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Salvia azurea var. azurea

Will Stuart    wil_salvia_azurea_254b

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Calyx with antrorse [forward-pointing] hairs limited to major veins, per Weakley's Flora.