This attractive little south African Sage is relatively new to the horticulture world. It has only been grown here in the United States since the early 1990?s. We enjoy it in patio containers for its display of blooms with bluish-purple and white corollas and pinkish-red calyces. These are produced off and on throughout the growing season. Rough Blue Sage gets its common name from the slightly rough feel of its sturdy dark green leaves. The benefit to having rough leaves it that the deer aren?t fond of the texture and don?t feed on them. It has a distinct upright growth habit, is very heat tolerant and can tolerate a bit of dryness between waterings. This form with the bluish-purple top lip and white lower lip is the most common, though forms with all blue, mauve, pink and pure white also exist.