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Eranthemum pulchellum * Blue Sage

I grow Eranthemum pulchellum in light shade, it has not performed well in direct light away from the coast. The ovate dark green leaves have white veins and small teeth. The true blue flowers come on terminal racemes. It is in bloom from April to hard frost. It is a native of India. After a season or two each of the branches dies back to the soil line. If conditions are reasonable numerous new shoots come up. It survived my dog digging a pit in the middle of the clump. The roots sprouted where they were exposed. There was some question as to whether the dog would ever return to my good graces. The plant eventually recovered and so have my feelings for the dog. He found a new patch of dirt to disturb.

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Eranthemum pulchellum, Blue Sage