purple dandelion??

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purple dandelion??

Post by Missvivienne » Tue May 10, 2011 4:33 pm


I'm trying to identify a plant that has come up in my flower garden for the last 3 yrs..I remember planting something similar but this has spread. The leaves are purple and look like dandelion leaves..kind of pointed and flat...but in the center are shoots coming up with little pink bells at the top...they remind you of coral bells but the leaves look like dandelion...I have taken pictures but don't see how I can attach one??

Can you help me identify this plant?? Many thanks..it's driving us crazy.

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Re: purple dandelion??

Post by lorijones » Fri May 20, 2011 11:02 am

This plant is Salvia lyrata (Lyreleaf Sage or Cancerweed), which is a native of the US (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_lyrata). It has been hybridized and some purple leaved cultivars are available. One is 'Purple Knockout'. This looks very close to the one you have growing in your yard: http://www.abnativeplants.com/index.cfm ... lant_id=54.

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