Chapman's Nettle Leaf Sage
Salvia chapmanii - A. Gray
Lamiaceae (Mint) Family

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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 crushed.

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 end.

Chapman's Nettle Leaf Sage is similar to Nettle Leaf Sage (Salvia urticifolia Linnaeus). It differs in that S. urticifolia is 1–2 ft. tall with terminal inflorescences.

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