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Cedar sage flowering in January

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Yes, the title says it all: cedar sage flowering in January.

Well no, it doesn’t really say it all, because the rules of high botanical blogdom compel me to tell you that the scientific name for this wildflower is Salvia roemeriana, and what makes the picture unusual is that this species normally blooms from March through July. So yesterday, January 18, when I found this prodigy in Great Hills Park, was either half a year late or two months early. Last fall I reported another out-of-whack occurrence of these flowers, so maybe cedar sage is more of an all-season opportunist than people thought. Or maybe this is a mutant strain that’s about to take over the world. But before it does, let me quickly point out that in the background, out of focus, is another cedar sage whose flowers had already gone to seed, and that the blue came from small patches of sky that were visible through the trees as I lay on the ground and aimed partly upward to photograph this low-growing wildflower.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 19, 2013 at 6:23 AM

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