Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia http://www.santarosagardens.comPhoto/Illustration: Santa Rosa Gardens 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) per-OV-skee-ah at-trih-pliss-ih-FOE-lee-ah 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. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Light Full Sun Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Bees, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Summer Flower Color Purple Foliage Color Silver/Grey Uses Beds and Borders Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Tolerance Drought Tolerant Type Perennials Perovskia atriplicifoliaView the discussion thread.