Russian Sage As An Ingestible Herb - Knowledgebase Question

San Dimas, CA
Question by kaufam
September 14, 2003
A friend of ours brought us a Russian Sage and said we could grow it as an herb. I don't see anything that indicates we can eat this or cook with it. Is it used for either purpose or only as a shrub?


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Answer from NGA
September 14, 2003

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Russian Sage is the common name for Perovskia, a woody ornamental with grayish white stems and gray-green foliage. It's valued for the sprays of lavender-blue flowers it produces. It is not a true sage and is not edible, so I wouldn't recommend cooking with it or eating it raw!

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