- Author: Betty Victor
This sage is from China like many of the sages we have in our garden-and love. It grows in the mountains of China, like some of the sages from China, it has no botanical name. To give this sage and others a botanical name is very difficult and expensive.
Szechuan sage grows 2-3 feet tall and as wide. It grows in part shade to full shade, takes average water, and will grow in a container. My sage is planted in a container.
What makes this sage stand out is not so much the 1-inch lavender-purple, bicolor blossoms, but the large leaves that are arrow-shaped. The leaves are pretty big, some growing up to 7 inches. I have several that are that large. I was not sure the leaves had gotten large, so I had to go out and measure and sure enough, the older ones are 7 inches.
This sage has been cataloged by the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley.
I bought mine from the online-only nursery Flowers By the Sea. Because mine is not blooming yet (but does has buds ) the picture of this sage flower is from Flowers By The Sea website.