Monday, April 19, 2010

Salvia carduacea

Thistle sage - Salvia carduacea

Found in the lowlands of the Mojave, this member of the mint family eared its common name through its superficial resemblance to true thistles, members of the sunflower family. The flowers of this plant are typically mint, and are quite showy. This annual species can grow up to a meter tall in the right conditions, but those I've encountered are typically only half that size at most.

One of the most striking aspects of the blossoms are the feathered appearance of the lower lip, and the orange color of the anthers.

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