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Salvia yangii


Salvia yangii B.T.Drew

Family Name: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Synonyms: Perovskia atriplicifolia Benth.
Common Name: Russian Sage

Russian Sage produces an abundance of lavendar-like flowers and silvery, sofly hairy leaves that smell like Sage when crushed. However, it is not native to Russia and is not a true Sage.


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby
Maximum Height 0.6 m to 1.2 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 0.9 m to 1.8 m


Native Distribution Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, West Himalaya, Xinjiang
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Temperate
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous plant or subshrub up to 1.2 m tall.
Foliage Silvery-green, softly hairy leaves are elliptic with a toothed leaf margin (2.5 to 5 cm long). Crushed leaves smell like Sage, but should not be eaten.
Stems The silvery green, softly hairy stems are four-sided.
Flowers It produces large, dense clumps of purple, lavender-like flowers.
Cultivation Russian Sage grows best under full sun in well-drained loamy soil. It doesn't require fertilisation, but prefers fresh compost added on a yearly basis.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Fragrant (Flowers, Foliage), Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Dry Soils / Drought, Saline Soils / Salt Spray, Alkaline high pH Soils, Easy to Grow, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Flowerbed / Border, Parks & Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bee-Attracting, Butterfly Food Plant (, Flower Nectar)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Planting Distance From 0.6
Planting Distance To 0.9


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Silver / Grey
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Silver / Grey
Young Flush Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Sessile
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Dentate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Acute
Typical Foliar Size From 2.5
Typical Foliar Size To 5
Typical Foliar Size Unit cm

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Texture(s) Hairy / Hirsute
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Bilateral
Individual Flower Shape Labiate / Lipped, Tubular
Inflorescence Type Panicle

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Brown

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Master ID 34372
Species ID 8785
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Species record last updated on: 20 September 2023.