From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Salvia deserta is a perennial plant that is native to Xinjiang province in China, and the countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It grows in wastelands, sandy grasslands, and along streams in forests at elevations from Template:Convert.
Salvia deserta grows on erect stems to Template:Convert tall, with ovate to lanceolate-ovate leaves. Inflorescences are 4-6 flowered verticillasters in elongated terminal racemes or panicles, with a blue-purple to purple corolla that is Template:Convert long. It is very closely related to Salvia nemorosa, and is distinguished by having purple-red bracts.