May 17, 2008

Russian Sage

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is an interesting plant---It is not Russian, nor is it a sage. Native to Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Tibet, and a genus of the mint family, it provides a warm and unmistakable scent--and the little purple flowers make salads even tastier. Grown better in zones 4-7, this mints flowers can be used as a mild and resinous smoke for nervous conditions and meditation(in Iran). Cut and bundled, makes for a great smudge stick too.