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Russian sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

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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

CareEasy to grow in average, well-drained soil. Tolerates dry, alkaline soil and coastal conditions. Drought tolerant. Tends to sprawl or flop.

PropagationRoot softwood cuttings in late spring, or semi-ripe cuttings in summer


  • Genus : Perovskia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Silver/Grey
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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