Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian sage

Outstanding Qualities

Russian sage is a hardy perennial ideal for the dry sunny garden. Its small grey-green leaves and airy upright habit give a cool look to the summer landscape. Open sprays of lavender-blue flowers top the woody stems in August to September. Combined with lavenders, sages and penstemons, Russian sage is a great filler for Mediterranean-style gardens. It is very drought tolerant once established.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: orange, yellow, burgundy

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, cream, silver

Culture Notes

Russian sage thrives in full sun and well-drained or sandy soil. It will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it is drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. There is very little maintenance required other than cutting the plant back in winter before new growth starts in the spring.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established, but appreciates occasional watering