Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly called Russian sage, is a flowering
herbaceous perennial plant and subshrub. Although not a member of the
genus of the common sage, it is closely related. It typically reaches
0.5–1.2 m (1 ft 8 in–3 ft 11 in) tall, with square stems and
gray-green leaves that yield a distinctive odor when crushed, but it is
best known for its blue or violet blossoms arranged in showy, branched
panicles. Native to the steppes and hills of southwestern and central
Asia, it was introduced to cultivation by Vasily Perovsky in the 19th
century. Several cultivars have been developed; 'Blue Spire' is the most
common. The species has a long history of use in its native range in
traditional medicine, for a variety of ailments. Its flowers can be
eaten in salads or crushed for dyemaking. P. atriplicifolia was the
Perennial Plant Association's 1995 Plant of the Year, and the 'Blue
Spire' cultivar received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal
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