Highlands Biological Station buildings remain closed to visitors with the exception of limited visitor hours for the Nature Center.  HBS Botanical Garden trails remain open, and in accordance with University policy masks and physical distancing are required on the HBS campus.  Highlands Biological Station currently plans to offer academic and public programming in summer 2021, observing University mandated Covid-19 safety protocols.  For the safety of the HBS summer community, before being permitted to work or study at HBS prospective summer students, teaching faculty, and researchers must provide documentation of (1) having received a Covid-19 vaccine or (2) a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of planned arrival.  Please see the HBS website for full summer 2021 Covid-19 safety policies and procedures, and bear in mind that University policy and HBS program plans are subject to change in light of developments with the pandemic this spring. 

Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Knockout’

This cultivated variety of the standard species, Salvia lyrata, offers a unique departure for the landscape. As the cultivar name would suggest Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Knockout’ has stark deep purple foliage at its basal rosette. However, like the straight species, this cultivar produces soft purple flowers in spring that persist until mid-summer. The tubular flowers of Saliva often are attractive to insects with long proboscis, in particular bees.

The range of the straight species extends from Florida to Maine and stretches into parts of Texas and Nebraska. In its native habitat, it can be found in open woodland areas and is tolerant of wet soils.