Purple sage is a hardy aromatic shrub with oblong leaves ranging 3-6 centimeters in length. The young leaves are a smoky purple gradually turning green-gray with a soft, pebbly texture when they mature. The vibrant purple stems are woody at the base, but soft and tender at the tips. During the early summer months, small two-lipped flowers bloom in whorls on top of short stems. Purple sage offers the same complex aroma and flavour as common sage, a taste reminiscent of rosemary and pine with a bit of citrus.