PlantFiles: Lyreleaf Sage, Cancer Weed Salvia lyrata
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Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Light Blue Blue-Violet Violet/Lavender Purple White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Spring
Foliage: Herbaceous Bronze-Green
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Dec 23, 2012, felicis from Natchitoches, LA wrote:
It does spread like wildfire, but I've let it. Half the front yard is a sea of the delicate lavender blooms in spring. Once it's finished I have it mown down (generally I go out and break off all the stalks first to make it easier). With the kind of record heat and droughts we've been having, I'm grateful for any native that wants to put on such a show.
On Mar 29, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Native salvia I love the purple/green leaves. Grows in a low rosette, that's nice to tuck in among other plants.
I just go dig em up and replant in my beds. I'll mow around them if I find a patch in the yard or pasture...
On Nov 12, 2003, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:
This is a favorite plant I remember from my childhood days. I love the colors of the foliage & the airy look of the blooms. It will sometimes colonize along a road or in a pasture or the edge of the woods. It is a lovely sight to see when in bloom. I let it grow wild in my grass & yard, as I like the natural, woodland look. It can be mowed over & never look back! A rough & tough plant!
On Nov 11, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
A tough little plant and one of my favorite wildflowers. When mass blooming occurs, it looks like a vibrant blue mist hovering over the lawn (okay, I don't like manicured lawns - there, I've said it). I have them planted in a narrow strip (6 in. / 15 cm wide) along my driveway next to a fence and they are thriving there when nothing else I've tried even survived. Excellent companion plant to the Missouri Primrose Oenothera speciosa.
On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This plant reseeds readily. Most of the year it is a basal rosette of leaves from which a flower spike emerges. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies but the spikes are not laden with flowers (i.e. there is a lot of stem in between a few flowers). Spent bloom spikes should be cut off.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Huntsville, Alabama South Vinemont, Alabama Encinitas, California Menlo Park, California Pike Creek, Delaware Bartow, Florida Gulf Breeze, Florida North De Land, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Palm Beach Shores, Florida Pensacola, Florida Pine Lakes, Florida Cordele, Georgia Cornelia, Georgia Barbourville, Kentucky Benton, Kentucky Henderson, Kentucky New Orleans, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Valley Lee, Maryland Frenchtown, New Jersey Holly Springs, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Grove City, Ohio New Freedom, Pennsylvania Murfreesboro, Tennessee Belton, Texas Dallas, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Denton, Texas Dike, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Garland, Texas Hudson Oaks, Texas Huntsville, Texas Jacksonville, Texas Kendalia, Texas Mont Belvieu, Texas North Richland Hills, Texas Roman Forest, Texas Santa Fe, Texas Shenandoah, Texas Southlake, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Charlottesville, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Great Cacapon, West Virginia