Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Family: Lamiaceae

Common name: RUSSIAN SAGE

Native to: Afghanistan, Pakistan


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect, open form

Leaves deciduous

Max height: 6.6 feet

Max width: 5 feet






Attracts wildlife: bee, specific butterfly species

Plant features: deciduous, naturalizes

Exposure: sun

Landscape uses: cut flower, foliage aromatic

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: well drained, wide range

USDA Zones: zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -10 to +30 °F

Water: dry, moderate

Butterflies that feed on this plant

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