WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

Though reaching 2–3-feet tall with several branching, leafy stems, this wide-ranging, weedy sage is often overlooked due to its nondescript flowers. Look for the accordion-like, ridged sepals around the tiny, bilaterally symmetrical, pale-blue flowers, and leaves without deep teeth on the edges. Like all members of the mint family, the stems are square.


FLOWER: June–October. The 1/4-inch long (5 mm), tubular flowers form a loose spike with whorls of paired flowers at nodes. A short, hairy upper petal covers the 2 stamens and pistils, and the longer lower petal with 3 rounded lobes droops downward. The pale-blue petals are solid without spots or streaks. The sepals, 3/16–5/16-inch long (5–8 mm) are point-tipped, cup the petals, and are creased like an accordion with minute (not long, gland-tipped) hairs on the ridges (use lens).


LEAVES: Opposite, at nodes around stem, the lance-shaped blades reach 2-inches long (5 cm) and 1/2-inch wide (12 mm) with pointed to rounded tips and shallowly toothed to entire margins.


HABITAT: Dry sandy, rocky soils, roadsides, disturbed areas; desert grassland and scrub, plains, pinyon-juniper, ponderosa woodlands.


ELEVATION: 5,000–7,000 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CO, NM, TX, widespread from Rocky Mountains to Mississippi River.


SIMILAR SPECIES: 12 species of Salvia in NM, 2 shrubs and 8 forbs with blue flowers. Sawtooth Salvia, S. subincisa, in much the same range, has flowers with white spots, a calyx covered with long, gland-tipped hairs,  and leaves with irregular, deep teeth.


NM COUNTIES: Nearly statewide (not recorded in De Baca, Lea, Valencia cos.) at low- to mid-elevation, arid habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Curry, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Harding, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Los Alamos, Luna, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, Rio Arriba, Roosevelt, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, Taos, Torrance, Union.

LANCELEAF  SAGE

SALVIA  REFLEXA

Mint Family, Lamiaceae

Annual herb

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Leaf margins are entire or have only a few shallow (not deep) teeth (arrow).

The calyx cupping the flower is pleated and covered with minute (not long, gland-tipped) hairs (arrow).

The tubular flower with a small upper lip and longer lower lip with rounded lobes, barely extends beyond the calyx.

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