Pretty herbaceous perennial sage with red roots which are used in traditional Chinese medicine for vascular problems, menstrual support, circulation, and more, from the mint family.
Hardy to zone 7 but still can be grown as an annual or brought inside during the winter in colder climates. It likes to grow in grassier places, possibly along hillsides and water banks.
Showy purple-blue flowers present themselves for most of the summer. Great choice for herb and medicinal gardens.
These seeds came from Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery in Maine.
GROWING TIPS: Easy to germinate. Sow in the Spring in a tray of potting soil. Transplant to garden with 2 foot plant spacing between plants. Prefers sun to part shade. Fertile, well-drained garden soils are best.
PHOTO NOTE: The two foliage photos are from Aaron but we wanted a picture of the roots so we grabbed a public domain photo off the internet.