Perovskia - Russian Sage
Russian Sage is not native to Russia. The genus, Perovskia, is native to the mountains of central Asia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan to China.
Russian Sage is not a true sage, though it is related as a member of the Lamiaceae family which includes lavender, mint, salvia and such. Like many of its relatives, its leaves and stems contain aromatic essential oils. Though known for over a century, it was not used much in ornamental gardens until fairly recently. Being named the Perennial Plant Of The Year in 1995 by the Perennial Plant Association helped a lot.
Do you live in an area with a dry climate? Is your water use restricted? When well-established, Russian Sage is drought-tolerant. Being native to harsh environments, it tolerates inner-city pollution. Do deer and rabbits come to your garden to dine? Russian Sage is deer and rabbit resistant. The essential oils may even repel some insects and vermin.
To learn more, read our article Russian Sage - Neither Russian Nor Sage.
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