Common Names: Lilac sage, whorled clary, Salvia, Purple Rain, White Rain
Sub-category: Mint family
A herbaceous perennial native to a wide area ranging from central Europe to western Asia, and naturalized in northern Europe and North America. It has a leafy base of mid-green leaves covered with hairs, putting up leaf-covered stems that carry 3 feet (0.91 m) inflorescences. The tiny lavender flowers grow tightly packed in whorls, with tiny lime-green and purple calyces. This species has been cultivated for gardens and can appear in showy, long-blooming form. Common cultivars include "Purple Rain" which is a long purple variety and "White Rain" which is also long but with white flowers.
In Connecticut, it would be most commonly found in flower gardens.
Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: White