Wild Clary - Salvia verbenaca

    Description

    The purple blue flowers are in whorls in the terminal spike. The calyx has 5 teeth, split between an upper and lower lip. The upper lip has 4 of the teeth. The stem leaves are in pairs clasping the stem. Each pair at about 90 degrees to the last and toothed.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassland, bare ground, roadsides, dunes and slacks.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Local in central and southern England and Wales, rare elsewhere.

    VC55 Status

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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map