A hardy, but tender-looking salvia. Large deep purple and white flowers on stout sticky stems held well above the foliage in spring and summer. "One of the best border salvias." (William Robinson)
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.
Please note, there is some debate regarding the 'true' Salvia hians and while this is the plant most frequently sold under this name, it may not be botanically correct.