Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) is a bushy, woody-based deciduous perennial with long terminal panicles of small, lavender-blue flowers, borne on thin white stems, clad with finely-dissected, aromatic gray-green leaves. Blooming for weeks from mid-summer to fall, this delicate-looking plant is a toughy that is resistant to drought, heat, pests and poor soils. Pretty and excellent for xeriscaping, its long blooming season, makes it an extremely valuable addition to the garden - even in winter when the stems create a beautiful feature in the landscape.
- Perennial Plant of the Year in 1995
- Typically grows up to 3-4 ft. tall and wide (90-120 cm).
- Performs best in full sun, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils.
- Virtually pest and disease free. Drought and salt tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant.
- Attracts scores of butterflies and hummingbirds
- It looks stunning in dry landscapes with other desert plants, in cottage or Mediterranean gardens, whether planted as singles or in clusters to intensify its presence, or even in a linear mass for knot gardens or small divider hedges. It associates wonderfully with other gray-leaved plants such as Lavender and contrasts beautifully with the bright colors of Echinacea (Coneflower), Helenium (Sneezeweed) and clump-forming grasses.
- Cut back plants almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears.
- Propagate by softwood cuttings in late spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer