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What is Perovskia?

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Perovskia is a perennial plant that is native to Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Tibet, and is sometimes referred to by its common name of Russian sage. Despite this, Perovskia is not a true sage. Similarities between its scent and that of traditional sage led to the formation of its common name.

Perovskia can be easily recognized due to its distinctive coloration. The plant typically consists of grayish-white stems that can reach heights of 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.3 meters) high. Perovskia typically reaches maturation during the later summer and early fall months, and at this time boasts spines that can be as large as 2 feet (60 centimeters) long, with clusters of small blue or purple flowers. Unlike other types of flowering plants, which typically only maintain blooms for a few weeks, the perovskia plant can flower for as long as two to three months. It is the flowers of this plant that led to its nickname of Russian sage, as when crushed or ground they give off an extremely pungent odor.

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For best results when growing perovskia, choose a location that offers full sunlight. While this is a must when planting perovskia, in other regards they are relatively hardy. For example, the plant can thrive in almost any weather, though it does best in cooler climates. In addition, perovskia can survive in soils with high salt and chalk content, which can be deadly for numerous other plants. Finally, be cautious when watering your perovskia plant, as research has found that is does best with minimal amounts of water. For best results when planting perovskia, consult with a botanical expert who is familiar with the plant in order to find out if your climate will allow perovskia to thrive.

While perovskia is gaining in popularity as a flowering plant, it also has several important culinary and medicinal uses. For example, in Russia and other nearby countries, the plant is often eaten plain or even smoked due to its ability to provide euphoric experiences. In addition, some research has been found to suggest that perovskia may actually prove beneficial in the treatment of diabetes, chronic dysentery, and other serious health conditions. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding perovskia to your diet if you suffer from one of these conditions, as the plant may interfere with some of your previously prescribed medication, resulting in serious health implications.

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