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Salvia lyrata - L.

Common Name Cancer Weed, Lyreleaf Sage
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy soils and lawns[222].
Range Eastern N. America - Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.
Edibility Rating    (0 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Salvia lyrata Cancer Weed, Lyreleaf Sage


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3
Salvia lyrata Cancer Weed, Lyreleaf Sage
Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Salvia lyrata is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Diaphoretic;  Laxative;  Salve;  Warts.

The plant is diaphoretic and mildly laxative[222]. It can be used in the treatment of diarrhoea, coughs and colds[257]. The fresh leaves are applied to remove warts[207]. The plant is also a folk remedy for cancer[222]. The leaves and seeds are made into an ointment to cure wounds and sores[207]. The root can be used to make a salve for sores[222, 257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Seashore. Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[200]. Prefers a rich soil[1]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

harold r rodgers jr   Sat Apr 12 2008

i have this plant growing in my mcdonough georgia , now zone 8 garden can be fairly agressive here. also the very young leaves can be used in salads and the seeds can be used in breads etc. this is from a wildflowers for the eastern usa website . i have not personally tried this yet

Jeff   Fri Oct 17 2008

Thank you for a great write up on another great salvia strain.

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