Q: I cut some Russian sage, and I’m wondering how I can use it. Can I dry it?
— Shirley Radecki
South Bend, Ind.
A: Yes, you can, says herb expert Jan Becker of Becker’s Cottage Garden Herb Farm in Springfield Township. She said it can be used in dried flower arrangements or just to add a minty fragrance to a room. She suggested hanging it upside down in an airy, preferably dark place.
Despite its name, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is not a true sage. It’s a sub-shrub that’s usually grown just as an ornamental plant, although some people eat the flowers. Don’t eat the leaves, however. They’re slightly toxic.
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