Lyre-leaved Sage is a native perennial wildflower which has stalks of tubular, light lavender flowers. It typically occurs in moist or sandy soils in open woods, clearings, thickets and streambanks. Features whorls of two-lipped, lavender blue flowers (1 inch long) in upright, interrupted spikes which typically rise above the foliage to 1-2' tall. Flowers bloom in mid to late spring. Irregularly lobed, basal leaves (often somewhat lyre-shaped) with smaller and sparser stem leaves. A mint family member that is attractive to bees and butterflies. Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun. Prefers moist, sandy or clay soils. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Also tolerates heat and humidity. Self-seeds and naturalizes in optimum growing conditions. Garden Uses. Borders, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, wild or naturalized plantings or moist areas in low spots or along streams or ponds.
- Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 2. Put the seeds on the soil. 3. Water the seeds lightly. 4. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 5. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.