E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Salvia nemorosa L.
wood sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems erect, 40-80 cm tall, branched, 4-angled, densely felted with white, woolly hairs.
Opposite, lanceolate to oblong, 5-10 cm long, narrowed at the base, the margins toothed, the teeth mostly hidden by the dense hairs.
Inflorescence a dense, white-woolly spike; corollas tubular, purple, 12-14 mm long, woolly-hairy; calyces tubular, the teeth hidden by the dense hairs.
Nutlets, 4 clustered together.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides and waste places in the steppe zone; rare in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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