Herb: Russian Sage


Latin name: Perovskia atriplicifolia


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Russian Sage:

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

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
150 cm
(5 feet)

Flovering:
September
to October


Scent:
Scented
Perennial

Habitat of the herb:

Open rocky places. Freely draining gravels and screes.

Edible parts of Russian Sage:

The small lavender flowers have a sweet flavour and can be eaten in salads or used as a garnish.

Other uses of the herb:

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

Propagation of Russian Sage:

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. Easy. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm long with a heel, July/August in a cold frame.

Cultivation of the herb:

Open rocky places. Freely draining gravels and screes.

Known hazards of Perovskia atriplicifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.