Salvia interrupta Schousboe

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Salvia interrupta' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/salvia/salvia-interrupta/). Accessed 2022-05-25.

Genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
style
Generally an elongated structure arising from the ovary bearing the stigma at its tip.
endemic
(of a plant or an animal) Found in a native state only within a defined region or country.
exserted
Protruding; pushed out.
glandular
Bearing glands.
inflorescence
Flower-bearing part of a plant; arrangement of flowers on the floral axis.
lobe
Division of a leaf or other object. lobed Bearing lobes.
ovate
Egg-shaped; broadest towards the stem.
panicle
A much-branched inflorescence. paniculate Having the form of a panicle.
imparipinnate
Odd-pinnate; (of a compound leaf) with a central rachis and an uneven number of leaflets due to the presence of a terminal leaflet. (Cf. paripinnate.)
viscid
Sticky.
whorl
Arrangement of three or more organs (leaves flowers) around a central axis. whorled Arranged in a whorl.

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Salvia interrupta' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/salvia/salvia-interrupta/). Accessed 2022-05-25.

A plant with herbaceous shoots and a shrubby base, growing 2 to 3 ft high, of spreading habit; young shoots clothed with soft hairs. Leaves of variable shape and size, usually oblong-ovate in the main with a pair of lobes at the base, or pinnate with two pairs of leaflets; on weak or flowering shoots they are simply oblong-ovate; the larger leaves are up to 7 or 8 in. long, the smallest 112 in. long, the stalks varying from 4 in. to 1 in. in length; both surfaces are wrinkled and hairy, the lower one especially; margins round-toothed. The inflorescence is a tall, open panicle 2 to 4 ft long, the flowers being borne on a few branches towards the top. The whorls of flowers are 1 to 2 in. apart with six or nine flowers in each whorl, each on a downy stalk 18 to 14 in. long. Corolla blue with a violet tinge, white on the throat and lower lip; opening dark, it pales with age, 114 in. long, 1 in. wide, downy; lower lip three-lobed, the middle lobe notched, 34 in. wide; upper lip hooded, compressed. Calyx viscid, tubular, 12 in. long, ribbed, glandular-downy, two-lipped. Anthers attached to the stalk of the stamens by a secondary curved stalk. Style slender, exserted.

Native of Morocco; introduced to the Cambridge Botanic Garden in 1798. This handsome sage, which flowers from May to July, although it survives moderate winters unharmed, is not perfectly hardy. Probably for this reason it has at times disappeared from cultivation. It is sometimes grown in pots for conservatory decoration. It likes all the sunshine it can get.

Closely allied to S. interrupta is S. candelabrum Boiss., an endemic of S. Spain.