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Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Russian Sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia

This species is suitable for forming an internal decorative hedge of moderate height[200].

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is used as a cooling medicine in the treatment of fevers[240].

  • Edible Use

    The small lavender flowers have a sweet flavour and can be eaten in salads or used as a garnish[177, 183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of softwood in late spring in a frame[200]. Easy[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm long with a heel, July/August in a cold frame[200].
Prefers a rich well-drained dry soil and a sunny position[1, 11, 187, 190, 200]. Tolerates light shade but plants become more lax in habit in such a situation[200]. Succeeds in poor soils and, once established, tolerates drought[190]. Tolerant of dry chalk soils, it also succeeds in maritime gardens[200]. Plants are hardy to about -15¡c, though the stems are often cut back by hard frosts[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. In cultivation people often cut the plants to the ground in the spring in order to encourage strong new growth and plenty of flowers[190, 200, 233]. Plants rarely produce seed in Britain[200]. The crushed leaves are very aromatic[190]. There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200].
E. Asia – Himalayas to China.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.