Native to a wide geographical area in central South America, this is an exceptionally long blooming sage, with large deep royal purple flowers on long inflorescences of up to 10 inches. Plants grow up to 6 feet tall, but they are a bit brittle so pruning them back early in the season will keep them shorter and sturdier. Bloom time is mid summer to mid fall, or even longer in frost free areas. This is a great hummingbird plant. In our hot garden a little dappled afternoon shade prevents leaf burn during the hottest summer days, but in cooler locations it will thrive in full sun.
Prune near ground level early in spring. Mulch the roots in colder areas. Good drainage also helps prevent root rot during the winter.