Tricolour sage is a cultivar of the culinary sage familiar to most cooks. It is perhaps grown primarily for its ornamental qualities (tricolour foliage), but it also has culinary properties. It is a compact, shrubby perennial which typically grows 1-1.5′ tall and features wrinkled, oblong leaves (to 4″ long) which are marbled with grayish-green, white and purple and edged with pink. Leaves are strongly aromatic and may be used fresh or dried in cooking. Whorls of two-lipped, lavender-blue flowers (to 1 inch long) in short, upright spikes appear in late spring. A mint family member that is attractive to bees and butterflies.