Thursday, August 17, 2006


Do these look like sage flowers? Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

maybe... or maybe a dotted mint relative? or monarda?

OldRoses said...

The flower shape is like sage, but the arrangement of the blossoms is similar to Monarda. Can you post a picture of the entire plant so I can get a sense of the leaf shape and arrangement?

Karen said...

Snappy, here are a couple of pictures I could find on the web of 'clary sage':

http://www.dacres.org/images/flowers/clarysage.jpg

http://www.kalyx.com/store/images/salviasclarea.jpg

The flowers seem to have the same (interesting) shape, and the structure of the plant is similar (more evident in the second photo), with tiers of flower clusters.

There are other types of sage, too. Here is a photo of 'black sage' which shows a tiered structure:

http://biology.csusb.edu/PlantGuideFolder/SalviaMellifera/SalviaMelInfl.jpg

There's probably more out there, if you have a bit of time to research it.

snappy said...

Karen, thanks for the links they all have the flower structure present with them.The third one is a close match with the structure of the tiers and the flowers.
Did my plant come from a Salvia or a Sage?They must have had a common ancestor that exhibited those characteristics.Thats why plant classification is changing all the time as similarities and differences are made between plants...
Oldroses I will take some plant pictures tomorrow and the leafs to try to narrow it down..
Blackswamp girl i thought of Monarda as the only plant likely to have MON as an abbreviation on the seed packet.
The mystery continues.The plants are loving the air time, as they love puzzling people....