Salvia carduacea

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Salvia carduacea
Thistle Sage (Salvia carduacea) flowers.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. carduacea
Binomial name
Salvia carduacea
Benth.

Salvia carduacea, the thistle sage,[1] is a herbaceous perennial shrub native to California and Baja California, found up to 1400 m elevation. It responds drastically to its environment, growing anywhere from 15 cm to 1 m in height. The wooly white basal leaves resemble a thistle's, with long spines, while the flowers grow in whorls on calyces that are wooly and spiny. The flowers are a vibrant lavender with bright orange anthers. The foliage is pungent, with a scent similar to citronella.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Salvia carduacea". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9. 

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