Anne, your blue salvia photo looks a lot like the leaves I see in the OP's photo. I found if I click on that image it opens another page and there I can click to enlarge and get a nice view of the leaves and flower.
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Jane Reed wrote:It looks like mullein to me. The fuzzy-leafed rosette at the base combined with the tall flower stem with yellow blossoms....just like what I have on my property.
Hi Jane...I think you probably saw my photo in the second post? I thought the OP's image was of mullien also until I was able to enlarge their picture...it does have a few purple flowers showing and much different leaves.
Erect, square, branched stems. (YES)
The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, from oblong to lanceolate, often downy, and with a serrated margin. (YES)
Leaf colors range from dark green and gray-green to purple, blue, and sometimes pale yellow. (YES)
The flowers are on a continuum from purple to white and produced in false whorls called verticillasters. (YES)
The corolla is two-lipped with four subequal lobes, the upper lobe usually the largest. (Hard to see)
The fruit is a nutlet, containing one to four seeds. (Would need a close up)
Unlike the rest of the mint family they ONLY have two stamen vs the usual 4. (I can't really see the flowers clearly in the OP picture)
More often then not they are a bit hairy.
Blue sage like the bottom picture is what I have. A permies posted a picture of her garden and it was so pretty that I bought seeds. They are stunning and easy to care for. Almost no water needed and the bees and butterflies love it. And hummingbirds, too!
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