Salvia hians is a mound forming perennial, native to the Himalayas from Pakistan to Bhutan. It is common in Kashmir, growing at 2,400 to 4,000 m (7,900 to 13,000 ft) on open slopes and forests. The plant was described in 1830 by John Forbes Royle, a British botanist living in India who studied the medicinal properties of Himalayan plants.
Salvia hians forms a mound reaching 2 to 3 feet (0.61 to 0.91 m) tall by 2 feet (0.61 m) wide. The leaves are typically lanceolate, slightly hairy, and grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) long. The flowering stems are held well above the foliage, with dusky violet flowers spaced at the end of the stem. The small calyx (less than .5 inches (1.3 cm)) is very sticky and an unusual dark brownish red color. The flower has a gap between the two lips, described by the specific epithet, hians, which means 'gaping'.
In India, the roots of S. hians are used as a stimulant; in Nepal they are reportedly used as a remedy for dysentery.