Asia is a huge continent and home to Salvias in countries other than China and Japan. A wealth of species are found in the Himalayas, the steppes of Central Asia and the Middle Eastern lands of the Fertile Crescent, including Israel.
The sages listed here are a diverse group, and many are not well known in the general nursery trade. We encourage you to explore these gems of the plant world.
(Mid-East Sage) Native to the mountains shared by Israel and Lebanon, this tidy sage is drought resistant, heat tolerant and long blooming. Its basal foliage rises up and spreads only about 18 inches, but it has long flower spikes.
(Mellow Yellow Sage) Yellow-flowering Salvias always command attention in the garden. An intentional hybrid between the very rare and difficult to grow Salvia bulleyana and the energetic Salvia campanulata, this plant embodies the best characteristics of each parent.
(Yunnan Sage or yun nan shu wei cao) Yunnan Sage's tall spikes of violet-to-purple flowers bloom from summer into fall. Native to Southwestern China's provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan, it grows on shady, grassy hillsides and along forest margins at elevations up to 9,500 feet.