An Evergreen Groundcover for Many Conditions
Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata) makes an excellent native groundcover in many soil types and in sun or part-sun. The dark-green leaves are tinged with purple and resemble ajuga leaves. The leaves become more purple-colored in winter. The name "lyreleaf" comes from the lobed shape of the lower leaves. Plants grow slowly to form a clump, but will seed in loose, sandy or loamy soils to form a groundcover. For more intense purple leaf color, try the cultivars 'Purple Knockout' or 'Burgundy Bliss'.
Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden PlantFinder.