Drawing of photo featured at Dave's Garden
Chapman's Nettle Leaf Sage is a native herbaceous herb
known in the southern third of Alabama. The plant occurs in prairies,
in cedar glades, in open hardwood forests, and along roadsides
and power line corridors. It is a perennial with a large rhizome.
Stems are 3-6 feet in height, branched in the distal 1/3, green
in color, pubescent, and 4-angled.
The leaves are opposite, petiolate with winged petioles,
ovate to rhombic in outline, pubescent and gland-dotted, with
serrate margins. All parts of the plant have a minty odor when
The flowers are terminal and axillary inflorescences. The
calyx is green, 5-toothed, pubescent and gland-dotted. The corolla
is two-lipped, purple in color with a white spot on the lower
lip. The corolla is pubescent and gland-dotted. Flowers in Spring.
Fruit is a nutlet that is densely resin dotted on the distal
Chapman's Nettle Leaf Sage is similar to Nettle Leaf Sage
(Salvia urticifolia Linnaeus). It differs in that S.
urticifolia is 12 ft. tall with terminal inflorescences.