This is an absolutely beautiful Salvia that usually starts to bloom around August/September and then does not stop blooming until very hard frost. It should be cut to the ground once frost has stopped its growth, and during the growing season it can easily be 3 feet high and wide. Often times the flowers will be being visited by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, all at the same time. This ornamental Salvia (not used as an herb) can handle some shade and likes a bit of water during the growing season. Deer don't seem to eat it. This is Renny's favorite plant that she wonders why everyone doesn't grow it.