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Salvia lyrata (Lyreleaf Sage)

Lyreleaf Sage, Cancer Weed


Salvia lyrata (Lyreleaf Sage) is an upright, herbaceous perennial forming a rosette of elongated, lyre-shaped, dark green to slightly purplish leaves, often lobed or dissected. In early spring to early summer, an abundance of pale-blue to lavender, two-lipped tubular flowers, adorned with contrasting purplish-brown sepals, are borne in whorls around the stems. The blossoms are very attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. They are borne atop quadrangular flowering stems and give way to round, dark brown seeds. Lyreleaf Sage self-seeds readily and can spread quickly to form a charming colony. Highly adaptable to a variety of conditions, Lyreleaf Sage tolerates both drought and flooding. It can be used as an attractive groundcover or lawn alternative as it responds well to mowing.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in moist to dry, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Tolerates wet soils, periodic flooding and drought.
  • Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free, it attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, but is deer resistant.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, butterfly gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Propagate by divisions, rooted sections, or seeds. Often it takes 2 or 3 years for Lyreleaf Sage to produce a dense stand on the planting site.
  • Native to the eastern and central United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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