Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lyre-leaf Sage (Salvia lyrata L.) (w/pic)


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I’ve got a book on wild plants that I’ve had for 43 years now. It’s not the greatest, but it’s all I’ve got. It’s been on many a trip to the mountains and quite a few outings for camping, fishing or hunting when I was a young man. I still use it occasionally, when something rouses my curiosity. I decided years ago that a plant which grows commonly in my area was heal-all, and have told others that was its name.


Like the Rattlesnake Weed from the other day, I’ve got a few of these plants growing in sight of my porch swing. Today, I just wanted to check my memory, and be sure that I wasn’t confusing it with skullcap, so I looked it up in the book. The more I looked at it and read the description, the more I decided that it was something else entirely. In the book, it wasn’t so clear, but online photos decided the matter. It turns out that it wasn’t heal-all a bit more than anything, but Lyre-leaf Sage. Like many plants, it has some supposed medicinal properties, though I make no such claims for it. Here are some links if you’d like to read a little about it. © 2016





Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I would like to see if a plant expert could come over to our place and walk with me as we identify these types of plants, just so I don't mistake one from another.

Chickenmom said...

You would have a field day up here, Gorges. Lots of different plants and flowers - especially down by the swamp (which I avoid)!

Gorges Smythe said...

Kathy, just get a good book and double check on the internet.

Swamps are our friends, Cm; just watch out for alligators.