The Russian sage is a distinctive flowering perennial growing with several upright branches from the base, reaching 3-4 ft. tall. Pale gray green leaves are finely divided and produce a soft color and texture value. Most leaves drop off during the winter. Small flowers are intense lavender-blue and produce a colorful display on branched stems during late spring and into summer.
Russian sage is native to harsh climate zones of central and western Asia. As a result, it is a hardy plant that tolerates conditions of heat and cold throughout the Inland Empire which makes it useful in colder areas of this region. It is a good foliage and flowering accent plant in perennial gardens where it does best in full sun and reduced amounts of summer moisture following its flowering cycle.