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Common Name: Pitcher Sage

Other Names: Blue Sage, Azure Sage, Azure Blue Sage

Species Name: Salvia azurea

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Lamiaceae, Mint Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Distribution in the U.S. Southeastern quarter and extends as far west as the Rocky Mountains and Northern Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Tall, unbranched gray-green square stems
    • Opposite leaves with two much smaller leaves joining above larger, obvious pair
    • Large leaves slightly serrated


    • Flowers in clusters along upper part of stem above leaves; blue in color
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple 
    • Leaf Arrangement: Opposite 
    • Leaf Shape: Linear
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 5, fused
    • Flower Color: Blue
    • Flower Timing: May-October
    • Fruit Type: Nutlets



Soil Type Clay, loam and sandy soils
Habitat Scattered plants in the tallgrass and mixed-grass prairies, in glades, along forest edges and along roadsides
Successional Stage Late


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