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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map