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bluestare
Jan 18, 2014 1:17 AM CST
what colouer is flower of perovskia species ?
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SongofJoy
Jan 18, 2014 5:26 AM CST
Hi bluestare. Perovskia (Russian Sage) has a lavender-blue colored flower. It does so well here in my zone. Are you thinking about growing it?
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Dutchlady1
Jan 18, 2014 5:27 AM CST
Welcome! bluestare.

Wikipedia tells me the following:
'Russian sage produces spires of small, tubular flowers of blue or lavender colour.'

bluestare
Jan 18, 2014 9:11 AM CST
Perovskia is a genus of flowering plants in Lamiaceae, which have 9 species. 2 species are different colour , yellow and white . I want to know which one of them are?
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SongofJoy
Jan 18, 2014 10:23 AM CST
I'm not familiar with those, I don't think. Hopefully someone else will be along soon with some more information about your question.
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pirl
Jan 18, 2014 11:10 AM CST
Even Google isn't familiar with white or yellow perovskia. They mainly show the typical 3 - 4' tall atriplicifolia and the 2' tall 'Little Spire', both of which are lavender-blue with grayish stems. It is the background plant in this photo:

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Leftwood
Jan 18, 2014 11:13 AM CST
.....Most [Perovskia] have violet blue-flowers, only two have a different flower colour - P. scabiosifolia has yellow flowers and P. scrophulariifolia f. albiflora has white flowers.
-- RHS Plant Trials and Assessments ---- rhs.org.uk/trials

Of course, there is always the possibility of albino anomalies in most species of anything.
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pirl
Jan 18, 2014 11:20 AM CST
You're more informed than Google!
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woofie
Jan 18, 2014 11:23 AM CST
It actually comes up in google, you just have to look carefully. Smiling
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pirl
Jan 18, 2014 11:40 AM CST
Too early for me since yesterday was way too busy!

Still haven't spotted any in yellow.
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greene
Jan 18, 2014 8:19 PM CST
It took half the day, but I found the answer.
P. scabiosifolia has yellow flowers.
P. scrophulariifolia f. albiflora has white flowers.

Assuming that this link has correct information:
http://www.rhs.org.uk/getattac...

Edit: Sorry, I got here late!
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woofie
Jan 18, 2014 9:09 PM CST
That was the only reference I was able to find, too. Odd, that.
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greene
Jan 18, 2014 11:00 PM CST
https://archive.org/details/fl...

Try keying in 'Uzbekistan' with the botanical plant name and see what else you find.
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plantladylin
Jan 19, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Welcome bluestare!

There are a few Perovskia listed in our plant database, the ones with photo's seem to be the blue/lavender varieties. Here's a link if you'd like to check them out:

http://garden.org/plants/searc...
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bluestare
Jan 22, 2014 8:51 AM CST
thank you Greene for your answer, but in nine species of Perovski in Wikipedia I couldnot find P. scabiosifolia.
Name: greene
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greene
Jan 22, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Wikipedia doesn't know everything and neither do I, sorry.
Leftwood, Woofie and I all found the same link.
That's all I know.

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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2014 11:22 AM CST
These plant names can sure be confusing at times. I was curious so I went to The Catalogue of Life website and typed in Perovskia scabiosifolia and it came back "No records found", so I typed in just the genus Perovskia and these are the only ones that showed up:

Perovskia abrotanoides Kar. Species accepted name
Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth. Species accepted name

At The Plant List website, the following are the only ones listed:

Perovskia abrotanoides Kar. Accepted
Perovskia angustifolia Kudrjasch. Accepted
Perovskia angustifolia Kudr. Unresolved
Perovskia artemisioides Boiss. Accepted
Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth. Accepted
Perovskia botschantzevii Kovalevsk. & Kochk. Accepted
Perovskia kudrjaschevii Gorschk. & Pjataeva Accepted
Perovskia kudrjaschevii Gorschk. & Pjat. Synonym
Perovskia linczevskii Kudrjasch. Accepted
Perovskia pamirica C.Y.Yang & B.Wang Synonym
Perovskia scrophulariifolia Bunge Accepted
Perovskia virgata Kudrjasch. Accepted
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 22, 2014 5:00 PM CST
And there are only two Perovskia listings on ITIS.
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plantladylin
Jan 22, 2014 7:03 PM CST
I couldn't get ITIS to respond for some reason but The Catalogue of Life is apparently part of the ITIS site.
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Leftwood
Jan 22, 2014 10:09 PM CST
Even experts do not always agree. Everything is just one source for your consideration.

I really don't understand wikipedia and why it's the site everyone goes to. I avoid it, and the only time I might visit is to see if there is a reference I missed. The reference section in the Perovskia page is really embarrassing!
---- GRIN has never claimed to be anything more than agriculture related. It not at all comprehensive, and only lists two Perovskia spp.
---- There are only three references, and no where in the references are there more than two (count them two!) Perovskia species listed. (So where did the writer get nine?)
---- Click on any species link (except for P. atriplicifolia) in the article body and they bring you to a a wikipedia "page" for said species that exists in title only.

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