130967 WILD CLARY Salvia verbenaca (Lamiaceae) Height to 80cm
Upright, downy and almost unbranched perennial. Upper part of the flowering stem, including the bracts and calyces, are often tinged purple. Grows in dry grassland, typically on calcareous soils and often near the coast. FLOWERS are 8-15mm long and bluish violet, the calyx being sticky and coated with long, white hairs; borne in whorls in rather compact spikes (May-Aug). FRUITS are nutlets. LEAVES are oval with jagged teeth, and mainly basal. STATUS-Widespread but local in S and E England only.