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KevinMc79
Saint Charles, IL

March 1, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #3236235

Can anyone guess what this is?

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MaryinLa
Marshfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2007
12:52 PM

Post #3236902

Salvia?
KevinMc79
Saint Charles, IL

March 2, 2007
3:14 AM

Post #3239696

Not salvia. It's a US native species from the region Texas to Florida, Wisconsin to New York, and every where in between.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2007
11:01 AM

Post #3240238

hyssop?
greenthumb_NC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2007
12:05 PM

Post #3240363

How about Lobelia or Penstemon?

Karin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
leaflady
Hughesville, MO
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2007
12:57 PM

Post #3240539

I think it is in the salvia family. Maybe Bog Salvia. I have one that looks much like it.
GoNative
Cicero, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3243114

Dear Kevin,

I looked this plant up in my book 'Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers' . It's a Falcon book. The foliage does not look like that of a penstemon or Lobelia though the flowers resemble it.

This is what I found - Blue Sage, Salvia azurea. Mint family. Description:

Plants w/ hairy, angular 4 corned stems to 5' tall unbranched or w/ a few branches. Leaves are widely spaced along the stem, opposite, narrow and usually toothed w/ largest leaves up to 4.5" long and 1 inch wide. Leaves have a riblike pattern of raised veins on underside. Flowers are in an elongated series of whorls along the upper stems w/ up to 8 flowers per whorl. Each flower has a small green calyx w/ 3 triangular teeth and a blue tubular corolla up to 1" long ending in a broadly flaring lobed lower lip and a narrow hairy, hooded upper lip containing the 2 stamens.

Range: Dry prairies and pastures, often in rocky and sandy soils in the SW tallgrass region. Found from SE Nebraska thru Western Missouri and southward, occuring farther east as an escape from cultivation.

Could be wrong but the picture in the book looks awful similar.
MaryinLa
Marshfield, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 3, 2007
2:53 AM

Post #3243170

Found a pic of my bog sage, let's see how similar they look, nope, don't think it is bog sage

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KevinMc79
Saint Charles, IL

March 3, 2007
6:28 AM

Post #3243467

You are getting closer. It's not a salvia, lobelia, or Penstemon. It has square stems, but is not nepeta either.
Eggs_Zachtly
Washington, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2007
7:34 PM

Post #3244765

Scutellaria?
KevinMc79
Saint Charles, IL

March 3, 2007
10:20 PM

Post #3245140

Eggs Zachtly! Scutellaria incana. This is planted at Millenium Park in Chicago. Way underused perennial.
Eggs_Zachtly
Washington, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2007
10:30 PM

Post #3245176

woo! =)

whut's my prize? =P

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