There are several of these in my yard in Augusta, GA, hardiness zone 8a. I would like to know what these are before I mow them all down.

They have violet-colored flowers growing up a central stock:

Image of flowers

The leaves are flat on the ground with red-violet-colored stems:

Image of a leaf

The roots look small and stringy:

Image of the roots

up vote 7 down vote accepted

I think its Salvia lyrata, a native in the USA, mostly in the Eastern parts, but technically its a woodland plant and considered a wildflower

http://www.backyardnature.net/n/h/lyresage.htm

It looks like it is Salvia lyrata.

  • Oops, sorry, your answer wasn't there when I first started looking for a good link! Given you a vote – Bamboo Apr 8 '16 at 17:07
  • @bamboo but yours is a better answer than mine – kzh Apr 8 '16 at 19:52
  • Ha ha, you can't win, can you - if I hadn't spent ages looking for a really good link, my answer would have come up first - but it wouldn't have been as good. You still ID'd it correctly first anyway... – Bamboo Apr 9 '16 at 12:22
  • I could mark my answer, but I don't get any points for that. Even though mine was posted first, yours was better because it was more thorough. – kzh Apr 9 '16 at 12:51

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