Aug. 3, 2021

Florida Keys sage, Salvia riparia

The flowers of Florida Keys sage are only about a quarter inch long. It looked like the kind of little plant that only turns up if one is obsessively searching for wildflowers along a ditch near a parkling area while your wife is shopping. Turns out if you give it a chance it can get three feet tall, with lots of flowers. Southern river, tropical, creeping, or Florida Keys sage is native, but also a garden plant in our most southern areas. It is also lumped into Salvia misella by some botanists. I guess it gets a lot of attention, but I'm happy to have caught it trying to be a weed at a mall. It grows in tropical America, with us only wild in FL. Polk Co FL, 3/16/16. Mint family, Lamiaceae.