Woolly Sage
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Woolly Sage
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Woolly Sage
Botanical name: Salvia cana    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Salvia mukerjeei, Salvia lanata Roxb. [Illeg.]

Woolly Sage is a white-woolly-haired perennial of drier areas, growing only less than a foot high. Blue flowers occur in many separated whorls, in a spike at the top of the stem. Flowers are about 2.5 cm long, flower-tube not longer than the calyx. Sepals tube is sticky hairy, ribbed, 2-lipped with spine-tipped teeth. Bracts rounded, broader than long, abruptly pointed. Leaves are only at the base, narrow, oblong-lancelike, without a stalk, mostly 8-15 cm. The leaves are also densely white-woolly beneath, obscurely toothed. Woolly Sage is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering April-June.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Rankhet & Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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