Hardy to 20 degrees F.
Herbaceous perennial giving rise to loose racemes of large, deep throated blue flowers in second year. The plant flowers over a longer period of time than most sages. Alvia hians is a particularly robust sage, with resinously sticky foliage that gives off an enticing, fruity aroma, even at a distance. Native to the himalayas, the plant is used as a tea and poulticing agent in local medicine. A recent serendipitous situation (I was digging holy saffron bulbs out from next to the mother Kashmir Sages) lead to the discovery that the sage has blood-red roots, just like Dan-shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza). Plant prefers full sun and fast draining soil. Sow in spring. Standard sage culture. 10 seeds/pkt Certified Organically Grown