Considered one of the best mid and late summer perennials, this bushy, semi-evergreen plant is not only very appealing with its airy bouquet of glowing violet-blue flowers, grey-green leaves and silver stems but is also nicely fragrant and excellent for xeriscaping.
- Recently introduced into our landscapes, Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) was awarded "Perennial Plant of the year" in 1995 and its cultivar 'Blue Spire' has twice been granted the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. And there are many reasons for these distinctions!
- Its long blooming season, from mid-summer to fall, makes it an extremely valuable addition to the garden - even in winter when the stems create a beautiful feature in the landscape.
- Its requirements are fairly simple: Full sun, low irrigation and a soil not too fertile.
- Drought, salt, deer and rabbit tolerant, it typically grows up to 3-5 ft. tall (90-150 cm) and spreads 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm).
- 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 grey-leaved plants such as Lavender and contrasts beautifully with the bright colors of Echinacea (Coneflower), Helenium (Sneezeweed) and clump-forming grasses.
- Never cut back the plant in fall - only in spring! Prune to 8-12 in. (20-30 cm).