Sage, Rocky Mountain - Salvia reflexa

(Salvia lancifolia Poir.Salvia trichostemoides)

Family: (Lamiaceae) Native


On trail after the first kiva, between #3 & #6 (N35D33'08.681 X W105D41'23.537)

Flowers first observed: 8/25/17

Plant w/Flowers

The Flowers


"Found on plains, mesas, rocky slopes, and open pine forest, from 4,000-7,000 ft (1219-2134 m); flowering July-October. ---Also look for this species in disturbed areas, roadsides, and pastures." (SEINet)


"Annual of varying habit, aromatic, without punctate-glandular leaves and flowers, stems square, sometimes tinged deep purple, herbage puberulent to somewhat glabrous. Leaves: Opposite, lanceolate to oblong-linear, margins with entire or serrulate, petioles 2-20 mm long. Flowers: Blue or bluish- white, borne in interrupted spikes in verticels of 2 opposite flowers, sometimes in leaf axils, the corolla strongly 2-lipped with the upper lip helmet-shaped, entire or 2-lobed, the lower lip spreading or drooping and 3-lobed. Calyx lobes bilabiate, persistent. 2 fertile stamens inserted in the tube of the corolla. Fruits: Four smooth nutlets.---The keys to this species are the annual habit, the lack of glandular-punctate vegetation, the blue or bluish-white flowers,the calyx lobes 2-lipped with with 12-13 ridges (nerves), the stamens inserted in the upper lip of the corolla, and the mostly linear-lanceolate leaves. ---The key to distinguishing between Salvia and Stachys is that Stachys has four stamens and a regular calyx, while Salvia has 2 stamens and the calyx is bilabiate. (SEINet)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"There is no specific use recorded for this species, but the genus was used as an infusion to treat measles, and eaten raw for kidney troubles." (SEINet)

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