Kashmir Sage

Salvia hians

A tough, mound-forming sage with deep purple flowers that look like bells, and resinous sticky fruity-scented foliage. It is common in Kashmir, growing at 7,900 to 13,000′ on open slopes and forests in the Himalayas, where it is consumed as tea. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a secondary source of Dan-shen for heart and blood disorders. Loved by bees, butterflies, and hummers!

Water: Moderate to Moist

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: This short-lived perennial has scented, hairy leaves and forms a small shrub 2' tall by 2' wide

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Moist but well-draining, tolerates alkaline soil

Origin: Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan

Kashmir Sage