Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Chia - Salvia hispanica   L.
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DistributionOne known record -- alongside a Neuse River greenway in Raleigh, Wake County, where discovered in 2020.

Native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Alien "waifs" reported in northern FL and central NC.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatMoist/rich soil in a floodplain near a paved greenway, near forested edge.
PhenologyThe NC plants bloomed in late October.
IdentificationThis is a tall herb, generally with some branches in the upper portions, to about 4-6 feet high. Lower leaves have petioles to 2 inches long, and upper ones are mostly sessile. In general, it has the vegetative appearance of an Agastache species, with lanceolate and somewhat serrated opposite leaves, and a scattering of upright spikes that are several inches long. The flowers are violet to blue, with some white at the base of the lower lip.
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Other Common Name(s)Spanish Sage
State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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Sean GoughAnderson Point Park, Raleigh, Wake County; 26 October 2020; found by Harry LeGrand WakeOther_non_natural
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