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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The small lavender flowers have a sweet flavour and can be eaten in salads or used as a garnish[1][2].

Flowers

Material uses

This species is suitable for forming an internal decorative hedge of moderate height[3].
There are no material uses listed for Perovskia atriplicifolia.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The plant is used as a cooling medicine in the treatment of fevers[4].

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Cuttings of softwood in late spring in a frame[3]. Easy[3].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7cm long with a heel, July/August in a cold frame[3].

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Cultivation

Prefers a rich well-drained dry soil and a sunny position[5][6][7][8][3]. Tolerates light shade but plants become more lax in habit in such a situation[3]. Succeeds in poor soils and, once established, tolerates drought[8]. Tolerant of dry chalk soils, it also succeeds in maritime gardens[3].

Plants are hardy to about -15°c, though the stems are often cut back by hard frosts[3]. A very ornamental plant[5]. In cultivation people often cut the plants to the ground in the spring in order to encourage strong new growth and plenty of flowers[8][3][9]. Plants rarely produce seed in Britain[3]. The crushed leaves are very aromatic[8].

There are some named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Perovskia atriplicifolia. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Perovskia atriplicifolia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Genus
Perovskia
Family
Labiatae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
6
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
?
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  3. ? 3.003.013.023.033.043.053.063.073.083.093.103.113.12 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. (1986-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  6. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  7. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.28.3 Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  9. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)

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