Salvia-Leaved Catmint
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Salvia-Leaved Catmint
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Salvia-Leaved Catmint
Botanical name: Nepeta leucolaena    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Nepeta royleana, Nepeta salviifolia, Nepeta stewartii

Salvia-Leaved Catmint is a slender branched densely white-woolly perennial herb, with stems up to 1-2 ft tall. Flowers are borne either in long interrupted spikes up to a foot long, or in branched clusters. Flowers are lilac or white. about 1.5 cm long. Flower-tube is very slender, more than twice as long as calyx. Petals are small, 6 mm across. Sepal tube is 6 mm long, with triangular sepals much shorter than the tube. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped. Leaves are shortly stalked, 1.5-4 cm long, oblong to narrow-ovate, thick, wrinkled above and densely white-woolly beneath. Salvia-Leaved Catmint is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Kashmir, at altitudes of 2400-3600 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed near Hemis Monastery, Ladakh.
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