Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 12 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: surface sow and keep moist
Other: some germination may be delayed until the following year
Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly known as Russian sage, is a beautiful flowering herbaceous perennial plant that is native to central Asia. It has an upright habit and grey-green leaves that yield a distinctive odor when crushed, and it is best known for its blue to violet blossoms arranged into showy, branched panicles. Despite its common name, Russian sage is not a true sage, but it is closely related. This plant requires full sun, is hardy and cold tolerant, and can thrive in dry, chalky soils with a high pH. It is also salt tolerant and drought tolerant at an established age. Russian sage is very ornamental and can be used in gardens and landscaping. It is also used in traditional medicine and has been investigated for its phytochemistry. The flowers can be eaten in salads, and the plant has potential use in phytoremediation. Overall, Perovskia atriplicifolia is a beautiful, versatile, and resilient plant that is sure to be a wonderful addition to any garden.