Also known as Chinese Sage, Tan Shen, and Danshen. The central stem, leaf petioles, and new leaves have a predominately red color. The color is less pronounced on older leaves. (Salvia miltiorhizza)
Medicinal: The classic herbal remedy for inflammatory conditions of the gums, tongue, tonsils, and mucosal lining of the mouth, nose, and throat. Used as a mouthwash for treating laryngitis, pharyngitis, gingivitis, and tonsillitis. Carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent. In Chinese medicine, red sage is an important medicine for heart conditions. Contraindicated during pregnancy.
Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 4-8. Germination at 70°F in 7-21 days. Transplant or direct sow. Full sun or light shade. Grows 16-30" tall. Space 12-24" apart depending on species. Most sages do best in dry, well-drained soil.