Saturday, April 30, 2016

Lyre Leaf Sage

Ever notice something one time and then see it everywhere?  That is what this plant is doing to me!  I noticed it while running errands as it grew profusely in someone's yard.  After researching, I discovered that it is Salvia lyrata (Lamiaceae), also known as lyre leaf sage.  It is a mild herb in the mint family.  It is a cough and cold treatment as a tea, and according to folk medicine, fresh leaves can be applied to warts for removal, as well as the leaves and seeds can be made into an ointment to heal wounds and sores.  Young leaves are also edible in salads.

Lyre Leaf Sage Tea

1 tablespoon dried lyre leaf herbs
1 cup of boiling water

Boil water and remove from heat.  Add herbs to steep for 10 minutes.  Strain and sweeten to taste.


  1. Thanks for sharing, I've seen this pop up in Knoxville and have been curious about it!

  2. Fascinating. I have been trying to figure out what this plant is. It's blooming all over the place here. Thanks! Fern

  3. Do you do nature walks or classes? Also what books would you suggest for foraging in this area?

    1. I do. Go to for my meetup group called Southern Foragers. Our next meetup is next weekend.

      I love the Foxfire series. Also Southeast Foraging by Chris Bennett is very good. Edible Wild Plants by John Kallas is also very good. Otherwise, I collect all kinds of gardening, herbal remedies and herb books from second hand stores. I like to look in old cookbooks for wild edible recipes. My test is if there is a recipe for dandelions, usually the most common, which will show up in the index. You would be surprised how many do have a recipe for dandelions. If there is one, then there may be others.