When it comes to the wildflower lyreleaf sage, gardeners, farmers, and those in the horticulture, turf, and landscape industry have mixed feelings about it. Some love it because of its aesthetic value and plant it in their gardens and landscapes. Others call it a noxious weed and do everything they can to exterminate it.
This evergreen perennial puts on blooms atop of a square stem. The flowers are in cluster and are light blue to purple. The plant itself consist of a basal rosette of leaves that range in color from green to reddish purple. This plant is used mainly for landscape beautification. It has potential for use in cultivated garden situations, in naturalized prairie or meadow plantings, and along roadsides. However, this plant can also be seen as weedy or invasive in some regions or habitats and may displace desirable vegetation if not properly managed.
Planting and Growing
Before planting, consult with your local NRCS Field Office, Alabama Extension office, or state natural resource or agriculture department regarding the status and use for lyreleaf sage. There are several online sources for growers to find seed for planting. Nurseries that focus on natives or wildflowers may also have seed. To manage the spread, mow or remove the flower stalks right after bloom to prevent seed formation. For more specifics on this plant see the USDA factsheet.
Featured Image: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org