Whorled Clary - Salvia verticillata


Medium to tall, rather foetid plant with erect usually unbranched stems, often purplish, without glands. Leaves oval to lyre shaped, with a square or heart shaped base, the upper leaves usually unstalked. Flowers lilac blue to purplish 8 to 15 mm long, in dense whorls of 15 to 30 the upper lip more or less straight.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


Dry grassland, bare and stony places.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Uncommon and local, mainly confined to the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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