Mexican bush sage. Vigorous shrub or herbaceous perennial to 5’, with many flowering stems rising from the rootstocks. Attractive gray-green leaves with white, hairy undersides and 12” spikes of flowers extending well beyond the foliage. Velvety white flowers project from a purple calyx, and are arranged tightly in whorls. Flowers are most common from summer to fall but in California some flowers can be found most of the year. Deadheading improves performance and extends flowering. Best in full sun, with well-drained soil and occasional summer water. Prune to the ground in late February or March for fresh spring growth. Native to tropical coniferous forests of central and eastern Mexico. Hardy to 20F. Mexico.