Lyre-leafed Sage
Salvia lyrata prefers well-drained, sunny areas, so the short slope (slope.jpg) leading from the holly garden down to Crumhenge is the ideal location. There are species of sage, and gardeners have created many varieties of S. lyrata, but the plants below are the only member of their genus in the Crum (at least, the only one noted by Palmer). The square stem and the shape of the flowers are clear signs that it is in the large mint family (Lamiaceae), along with Henbit and Deadnettle.
Salvia lyrata
Samuel B. Palmer
Biology Dept.
Swarthmore College
yre-leafed Sage
Wednesday, May 10, 2006