|Scientific Name||Salvia farinacea||USDA PLANTS Symbol||SAFA2|
|Common Name||Mealycup Sage, Mealy Blue Sage||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||32713|
|Family||Lamiaceae (Mint)||Wildflower Center Ref.||Click Here|
|Description|| Habitat: Dry, rocky limestone soils.|
Plant: Shrubby, clump-forming perennial 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall; erect to spawling, branching, square stems.
Leaves: Lower leaves linear to ovate-lanceolate, up to 4 inches long and 1-1/4 inches wide, on petioles 1-3/4 inches long, with irregular-coarsely serrate edges; upper leaves lanceolate or linear-lanceolate and may have entire edges.
Inflorescence: Dense whorls of violet-blue flowers spaced along spikes 4 to 8 inches long on long, naked peduncles; each flower up to 1 inch long, with 5 petals united into upper and lower lips, larger lower lip appearing to be 2-lobed, back of upper lip densely covered with purple hairs; sepals below covered with whitish hairs.
Bloom Period: April to November.
Reference: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
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