Liar Lyre

Since there is so much of this plant growing around the farm, I had to find out what it was, and what it could be used for. For some reason, its name is hard for me to remember: Lyreleaf Sage (salvia lyrata). Since it comes up with the Henbit, has similar colored flowers, stem and leaves, only taller (up to 2 ft high) – I tend to quickly mistake it for older shoots of Henbit. Perhaps if I lived in ancient Greece and actually was familiar with the stringed instrument, identifying this plant would come… naturally? If I squint and tip my head to the right…yeah, now I see it…the leaves, not the flower…

papapishu-LyreUnlike Henbit, lyreleaf sage is in the mint family. Square stem, leaves opposite and alternating. The entire plant is edible, with a mild tasting minty flavor. Its medicinal properties include gas relief, laxative and calming capabilities. Dry the plant just when the flowers start to bloom, and you’ll have the makings for a soothing tea to treat asthma, coughs and colds. The tea can also be gargled to ease a sore throat, much like the garden sage (salvia officinalis) that I blogged about a few months ago.

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