Answer: You received a dormant bare root plant, the soft spots protruding would be buds, yes. Russan sage or perovskia normally comes into growth in late spring, so be patient yet. It needs to begin rooting and establishing before the top growth will start. Often a new plant will be a bit late to begin growing compared to established plants, too. The foliage is silvery so you would not see greening. Enjoy your Russian sage!
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