Monday, June 15, 2015

Russian Sage


On Saturday I drove up to Prescott Valley to visit my sister and was introduced to a new plant that I had not seen before.  I kept seeing these shrubs all along the street up to my sister's house so I asked her what they were.  She said she thought they were Russian Sage.  Sure enough, that's what it's called.  The plant is native to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tibet and is not of the same genus as other plants called "sage".  

Wikipedia says that "it requires full sun, but is hardy and cold tolerant.  It is also tolerant of dry chalky soils with high pH, salt tolerant, and drought tolerant."  That makes them just about perfect for northern Arizona.  

I just thought they were quite beautiful lining the streets and decorating the yards.


20 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

A real 'explosive' looking plant!

Steve Reed said...

Pretty! I haven't seen it before -- it probably doesn't grow here. :)

Mersad said...

Great looking sage bush. Haven't seen one like that here in South Europe.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Lowell said...

I've never heard of these nor have I seen them. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful. Probably wouldn't be too good in sandy, hot Florida!

Karl Demetz said...

Never seen before, they are beautiful !

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They really are an attractive plant Sharon, isn't sage a herb that can be used in cooking?

Kathy said...

So frilly and frothy looking. Love that pale lavender.

Judy said...

When you start looking for them, they seem to be every where around here.
We enjoyed your visit!

glenda said...

these are really beautiful, they are so dainty they remind me of a fern.

Halcyon said...

They are very pretty. I like the color.

RedPat said...

We have them here too and I quite like them!

cieldequimper said...

I love them, I think we call them perowskias!

Catalyst said...

The actual name of that plant is Rocket Man Russian Sage. See this post: http://oddballobservations.blogspot.com/2014/08/i-won-one.html

William Kendall said...

That is pretty, and I haven't seen it before either.

Birdman said...

Must be in a hurry to show its lavender side. After all, it's rushin'.

LOLfromPasa said...

I have never seen anything like it...beautiful!

Randy said...

A favorite of the bees.

Kate said...

Yes, those plants are beautiful and perfect for desert country.

Jack said...

It is a very appealing plant. I don't think I have seen them either.

José Mendonça said...

I want one! :-) Thanks for the info, Sharon.