Salvia lyrata

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Lyre-leaved Sage

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1 - 1.5 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Blue,lavender
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Winter dormant or with only a basal rosette. Blooms spring.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden. Roadside plantings. Can be mixed in with grasses or other low groundcovers. If kept mowed, it will reward you in the spring by creating a sea of blue.
Considerations:If planning to intermix in garden or grass, be aware that this species seeds readily. It definitely does not belong in a manicured lawn.
Propagation:Seed (strew on top of bare soil). Division.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Adaptable



Attracts many pollinators including  butterflies and bees.

Native Habitats:Disturbed sites. Roadsides, dry-mesic to mesic areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Young leaves are sometimes used in salads or can be steamed or boiled. Leaves can also be brewed as a tea. Somewhat minty. The plant had a number of medicinal uses none of which we would want to vouch for. FNPS has not validated these statements. What you eat or drink is your own responsibility.
General Comments:The basal leaves are usually tingled with purple and have deep lobes toward the base, which is reminiscent of the shape of a lyre.