Russian Sage - Perovskia atriplicifolia
This plant is called "sage" even though it is not a member of the Salvia genus. It is an upright plant with square stems and grey-green leaves that yield a distinctive and fantastic odor when crushed. It is best known for its flowers, which are blue-violet and are arranged into showy, branched panicles.
The species has a long history of use in Asian traditional medicine, which has led to the investigation of its phytochemistry. Its flowers can be eaten in salads or crushed for dyemaking, and the plant has been considered for potential use in the phytoremediation of contaminated soil.
Habitat: In a rural herb garden.
''Perovskia atriplicifolia'' , commonly called Russian sage, is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant and subshrub. Although not a member of ''Salvia'', the genus of other plants commonly called sage, it is closely related to them. It has an upright habit, typically reaching 0.5–1.2 m tall , with square stems and grey-green leaves that yield a distinctive odor when crushed. It is best known for its flowers. Its flowering season extends from mid-summer to late October, with blue to violet blossoms.. more