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Aromatic perennial or weed?

Posted by hokiegirl02 Winchester, VA (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 14:49

This woody plant comes back each year (we have lived here two years) but also pops up new plants in our beds. It is very aromatic - thought it was some sort of mint or citronella- and has a purple flower that is near bloom. It has a silver green leaf and the established plants are atleast 3 feet tall. Grows in a mostly sunny area. Thoughts??


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RE: Aromatic perennial or weed?

Here is another pic.


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RE: Aromatic perennial or weed?

Artemisia -- NOt a weed -- a wonderful plant!

Hope this helps!

Here is a link that might be useful: Wikipedia -- artemisia


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  • Posted by catspa NoCA Z9 Sunset 14 (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 15:01

With purple flowers, not likely Artemisia. Looks more like a Perovskia to me. My Perovskia produce seedlings here and there. Should add that it is not a weed but is a nice perennial.

This post was edited by catspa on Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 15:05


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Thanks teacats! I guess it just grows like a weed, lol. Unfortunately the artemisia pics dont quite look like this leaf - close, but a little off. Do you have a specific variety in mind? I was looking on bhg for pics.


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If it gets purple flowers it's not artemisia.

I think it's russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia).

Here is a link that might be useful: Russian sage image search


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It's for sure Russian Sage.


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I also think it looks like Russian sage.


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Definitely Perovskia!!


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Ok, i once looked at sage varieties but didnt make the match...now i have found its photo match on the web and it is definitely Russian sage. Thank you!! I am a novice but we bought a house with amazing, though neglected, beds - I am fumbling my way through the summer, trying to get them into shape.


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I also think it's Russian Sage. I love'em! They have a long, long, long bloom period..seem to peak in the torrid days of late Summer and linger into Autumn. Excellent for...heat, drought, floral display..., oh, and deer HATE them!


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Although its common name is Russian Sage it is not a true sage, Salvia, so looking at sages wouldn't turn it up. It is, as others have said, definitely Perovskia.


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