Kashmir Salvia
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Kashmir Salvia
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Kashmir Salvia • Hindi: Thuth, Tuth
Botanical name: Salvia moorcroftiana    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Kashmir Salvia is a white-woolly perennial herb, commonly found in the Kashmir valley. Pale blue, nearly white, flowers are borne in spikes arranged in separated whorls, forming a branched cluster. Flowers are about 2.5 cm long. Flower tube is distinctly longer than the sepal tube. Flowers are 2-lipped, with the upper lip erect, curved. Lower lip is 3-lobed, with the lateral lobes turned outwards. Sepal tube is bristly. Bracts are prominent, pale, green-veined, nearly rounded with an abrupt point. Leaves are mostly 15-25 cm long, ovate to elliptic, long-stalked. Stem is 1.5-3 ft tall, branched above. Kashmir Salvia is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 1500-2700 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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