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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

Perovskia atriplicifolia Photo/Illustration: Santa Rosa Gardens


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia per-OV-skee-ah at-trih-pliss-ih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Russian sage Genus: Perovskia
The light, lavender-blue flowers, which attract butterflies to the garden, bloom in July, and often last throughout September. Russian sage is a particularly striking plant when grown along with white, yellow, or orange flowered perennials. Tones down bright yellow in the garden as well. Its silver-gray, deeply cut foliage and stiff stems are striking in the winter. -Santa Rosa Gardens
Care: Easy to grow in average, well-drained soil. Tolerates dry, alkaline soil and coastal conditions. Drought tolerant. Tends to sprawl or flop.
Propagation: Root softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Summer
Foliage Color Silver/Grey
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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