Compared with salvia verbenaca (wild clary), salvia pratensis has smaller leaf teeth, no long hairs on the calyces, and larger upper corolla lobes.
Main flower color:
Scattered locations in southern England
Up to 100 cm
Dry grassland, on calcareous soils
Purplish-blue, up to 3 cm long, with an arched, hooded, spreading upper lip and shorter, lobed lower lip, angled downwards. The reddish-purple calyces are covered with short hairs. The pale-coloured style projects well beyond the corolla, terminating in a two-pronged stigma. Flowers are arranged in whorls
Stalked, ovate, cordate at the base, up to 15 cm long, with light-coloured pinnate veins and a wrinkled surface. Margins are irregularly shallowly toothed
June to June