A glorious perennial salvia with dark purple-blue flower opening from black calyces - hence the 'Black and Blue'name.
Covered in flowers from August to October.
The word Salvia comes from salvere, to save. The Romans called culinary Sage "herba sacra", and it was also highly valued by the Chinese as it was thought to prolong life. The Greeks and the Romans thought it banished melancholy. The Chinese imported sage tea from western Europe at five times the price we paid for their tea.
Salvias like a warm, sunny position in Well-Drained soil.
Height and Spread: 30cm x 45cm
Hardy down to -5c and best planted in south facing sheltered spot, or in a large container that can be moved.
Common name: Anise-Scented Sage
Photo2 courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society