Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata) is an attractive long-lived perennial in the mint family with lavender-blue flowers that bloom from late winter to late spring (see photo 10). It is a highly adaptable plant that can tolerate drought and flooding during the rainy season. The foliage has nice green leaves with purple/reddish/burgundy coloring in the midribs of the leaves. (see photo 11), It is found along woodland edges, open areas, disturbed sites and landscapes. It may grow to 1 to 2' feet in moist to dry well-drained soils. It tolerates full sun to partial shade and Florida's heat and humidity. It can prolifically seed and works in gardens and meadow settings. It can also be used with a mix of ground covers and will tolerate mowing. Its tubular flowers are pollinated by bees but very attractive to our butterflies of the month, hummingbirds, skippers and other pollinators.
Salvia lyrata is a medicinal and edible herb. Young Lyreleaf sage leaves have a slightly minty flavor, which adds an interesting, subtle flavor to salads or hot dishes. The entire plant, including the blooms, can be dried and brewed into tea. Often flavored with a bit of honey, the tea (sometimes used as a gargle) may soothe coughs, colds, and sore throats.
It is moderately resistant to deer.