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Russian sageRussian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Info
Sages are associated with Jupiter, but this plant is actually in the mint family, which is connected to Venus.  Neither of these associations seem correct, though, because unlike most mints, this magick herb likes it dry.  Its long thin branches and aromatic nature suggest Mercury to me, especially because it has a bit of the trickster in it, masquerading as a sage.  Its flower essence has a very Jupiter feel, though, encouraging joy, expansiveness, and self-worth. This perennial is a native of central Asia and Tibet, so you know it's tough.  It likes fast-draining or sandy soil, but it can grow even in clay as long is it does not stand in water.  This is a big plant--3-5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide when it's mature, capturing some of that Jovian aspect. This plant is used medicinally in Iran. The fuzzy flower buds open in late summer and fall.  Brushing against the plant releases its sage-like scent.  Yes, it can be used to make smudge sticks. Top

How to grow Russian Sage. Put seeds in moist soil or Jiffy-7s and keep at room temperature for 2-4 weeks, then bag and put in the freezer for 4-6 weeks, and plant out in cool weather, 41-54F/5-12C.  Or sow on Winter Solstice (see special directions on the Solstice Sowing page).  Others have had luck sowing in Jiffy-7s, freezing for ten days, then bringing to cool temps to germinate.  Transplant to a sunny area or to partial shade, although insufficient sun will make this plant floppy.  Young plants also tend to flop; you can use a peony ring to help it stand up if you want.  Cut off dead branches at the end of winter.  This plant can be grown in zones 5-10 and can be propagated from softwood cuttings. General growing info Top


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Try some of the other plants with fragrant leaves:
White Sage
Organic Sage
Clary Sage
White Sagewort
Grey Sage

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