Himalayan Yellow Sage
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Himalayan Yellow Sage
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Himalayan Yellow Sage
Botanical name: Salvia nubicola    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Himalayan Yellow Sage is a tall, robust, strong-smelling hairy herb, with large yellow flowers with orange upper lips, borne in large branched spikes at the end of the stem. Flowers occur in distant whorls of few flowers. Whorls are subtended by ovate-elliptic bracts of varying sizes. Flowers are 2-3 cm long with a hairy sepal cup about 1 cm long. The upper lip is long, curved and with an in-curved margin. Lower lip is 2-lobed. Leaves are glandular hairy, ovate oblong, toothed, stalked, with triangular spreading basal lobes. Leaves are large, 10-18 cm, and the plant can grow up to 2-4 ft tall. Himalayan Yellow Sage is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 2100-4300 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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