Kashmir Sage
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Kashmir Sage
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Kashmir Sage
Botanical name: Phlomis cashmeriana    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Synonyms: Phlomis dichroa

Kashmir Sage is an erect perennial herb, with several stem 1-3 ft tall. It is closer to P. bracteosa and P. spectabilis but distinct in its oblong- lanceolate, up to 30 cm long, leaves with heart-shaped base, densely white woolly beneath. Flowers are large, pale purple to pink in dense whorls, calyx with long spine-tipped lobes, white woolly. Flowers 2.5-3 cm long, upper lip large, hooded, lowers lip darker; bracts awl-shaped. Kashmir Sage is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to W. Nepal, at altitudes of 1600-400 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Upper Munda near Jawahar Tunnel, Kashmir.
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