(Red sage; Dan Shen). This is a graceful plant that has slightly floppy stems of lovely soft divided leaves which emerge from the winter dormant taproot. Whorled spikes of gorgeous lavender-blue flowers, quite large and with a hooded upper lip appear throughout the summer - repeats well. Prefers a position with part shade for half the day and protection from hot sun in summer, but my experience shows it copes with almost any conditions really. 40-60cm H x 30-40cm W. 1 litre pot.