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Perovskia atriplicifolia

  • Common Name
    Russian Sage
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Perennial
  • Size
    3' - 4' x 2'
  • Flower Color
    Lavender Blue
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Finely Cut Gray-Green Leaves
  • Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
    • Hummingbirds
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    Invasive
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Russian sage grows as a many-stemed  clump with 12 inch long lavender flower spikes. The foliage is finely cut gray-green leaves and adds to the airy effect of this plant.  When in full bloom, it creates a haze of misty lavender blue. This plant won the "1995 Perennial Plant of the Year."  Great companion plants include Coneflowers, Apricot Sunset Agastache, Black-Eyed Susans, Yellow Yarrow.

    Plant in full sun and a well-drained site. It will tolerate poor soil, drought and a range of pH (including alkaline). In the spring, cut back to about 6" - 8" from the crown. Also benefits from deadheading to produce another flush of blooms in the fall. This plant is suitable for xeriscaping. Handling plants may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction. Spreads by rhizomes so it can be invasive.

    Attracts bees, bumblebees and hummingbirds.

    No serious pest or disease problems.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    I love this plant. It makes a wonderful backdrop for my other plants. It is very drought tolerant and hardy. The deer never touch it.

  • Varietals

    P. 'Login' - is a narrower, more upright plant than atriplicifolia

    P.  'Filagran' - has delicate finely cut leaves