Russian sage


: an upright Asian subshrub (Perovskia atriplicifolia) of the mint family that is grown as an ornamental for its long narrow panicles of violet-blue flowers and grayish-green stems and leaves

Examples of Russian sage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut Russian sage to the ground in spring (leave a few inches up to a foot or so) to make room for another season of growth and bloom. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Full sun Soil Type: Well-draining Soil pH: 5.5-6.5 (slightly acidic) Salvia is a huge genus of plants that includes annuals like scarlet sage and perennials like Russian sage; some start to bloom in spring and others later in summer. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 Feb. 2024 The backyard blooms with several varieties of hydrangea, along with Russian sage, Rose of Sharon, elderberry bushes, crepe myrtle, weeping pine, and monkey puzzle trees. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 6 Nov. 2023 The plantings include cornflowers, irises, and Russian sage. Daniel Kool,, 28 Aug. 2023 These would include catmint, monarda, lavender, perennial salvia, creeping thyme, allium, Russian sage, agastache, and yarrow. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 19 Aug. 2023 There are aromatic herbs like rosemary and Russian sage as well as fruit trees and bushes like strawberry and bottlebrush. Chadner Navarro, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2023 The scale also lists plants such as cuphea, catmint, petunia, Russian sage and milkweed as great alternatives that are less likely to trigger allergy symptoms. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 22 June 2023 Varieties with burgundy foliage look stunning alongside silver-leafed plants like Russian sage. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Russian sage was in 1940

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“Russian sage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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