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As a comment about Sticky Sage (Salvia glutinosa), Marilyn wrote:

"Salvia glutinosa (Glutinous Sage, Sticky Sage, Jupiter's Sage, Jupiter's distaff) is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family.

Salvia glutinosa grows to approximately 16–24 inches tall. The stems are erect, with bright green hairy leaves that are about 5.1 inches long, with petioles of about 3.1–3.9 inches. The leaves are deciduous, toothed, pointed, tomentose and glandular. With the first frosts, foliage disappears and the plant is ready to overwinter in dormant buds.

All parts of the plant are covered with sticky glandular hairs, especially the lime-green calyces and the flowers, resulting in the name "glutinosa". These sticky hairs probably have a protective function against predators. Salvia glutinosa is the main host plant of the plant bug Macrotylus quadrilineatus, that feeds on the juices of the plant and on small insects entrapped on this sticky sage.

Flowers grow in whorls of two to six, with pale yellow flowers speckled with maroon. The flowers are supported by tiny persistent bracts and have a length of 1.2 to 2.0 inches, which is quite big for a sage. The flowers have two stamens and a bell-shaped calyx. The flowering period extends from June to September.

All parts of the plant are covered with sticky glandular hairs, especially the lime-green calyces and the flowers, resulting in the name "glutinosa". These sticky hairs probably have a protective function against predators. Salvia glutinosa is the main host plant of the plant bug Macrotylus quadrilineatus, that feeds on the juices of the plant and on small insects entrapped on this sticky sage.

Flowers grow in whorls of two to six, with pale yellow flowers speckled with maroon. The flowers are supported by tiny persistent bracts and have a length of 1.2 to 2.0 inches, which is quite big for a sage. The flowers have two stamens and a bell-shaped calyx. The flowering period extends from June to September."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_glutinosa

Name: Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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growitall
Dec 20, 2013 8:35 PM CST
NB. The Wikipedia entry is wrong about the plant height - Salvia glutinosa is over 5 feet tall even in zone 3.

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