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Purple Flower-pond

This guy appeared at the edge of my pond in Berkeley CA. I'd love any insights as to what it is. I believe it is some kind of salvia, and thankfully it's one of the few plants (so it seems) that my chickens won't eat. Any ideas?

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Comment by Barbara Tien on July 31, 2012 at 1:17pm

Hey, Cornelia, thanks for the quick reply.  I'm impressed.  Yes the range of Salvia out there does make it hard to ID.  I don't think it is catnip specifically because it's not quite the same as the catnip I am growing and because... well, my catnip connoisseur kitties aren't impressed by it. I have discovered the benefits of strong-flavored leaves as a means to keep the chickens at bay.  I've added salvia and sage to my garden for just that reason.  

Comment by Cornelia on July 31, 2012 at 1:07pm

Barbara, I agree it looks like a Salvia. There are thousands of varieties, so which salvia would be tough. The leaves also look like catmint, which may be too strong of a flavor for the chickens. Does it have an aroma?

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