130344 MEADOW CLARY Salvia pratensis (Lamiaceae) Height to 1m
Attractive, downy and slightly aromatic upright perennial. Grows in dry grassland on chalk and limestone soils. FLOWERS are 2-3cm long and bluish violet, the calyx being downy but lacking long white hairs; borne in whorls on upright and showy spikes (Jun-Jul). FRUITS are nutlets. LEAVES are narrow, heart-shaped at the base, bluntly toothed and wrinkled; basal leaves are stalked while upper leaves are increasingly stalkless up the stem. STATUS-Rare and restricted to a few sites in S England.