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Here are my pictures of Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). These plants are very small as some varieties can grow up to 5 feet tall. They will also become bushy.

The leaves on these plants pictured here, have greener leaves whereas some have silver or gray foliage. The flowers can be blue or lavender (purple).

Normally Russian Sage blooms in midsummer, but here in Southern Nevada they start blooming in Spring. Remember that Spring in the southern states can be 80-90 degrees by April and May. These plants are somewhat fragrant and do well when planted in clusters to help support each other as they are spindly.

Russian Sage Blooming

As you may guess, they like well-drained soil…or just plant them in a desertscape.

 Russian Sage Desert

People do grow these plants in pots, although I have not personally tried that. I’ve also read that smoking the leaves may give feeling of euphoria…I also haven’t tried that. LOL!

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