Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian Sage

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Russian Sage, the Perennial Plant Association's 1995 Perennial of the Year, is a semi-woody perennial that provides color, fragrance, and texture all summer long. Plants grow to 4 feet and are covered with very pungent-when-bruised gray-green leaves. Flowering starts in early summer and persists on into fall. The flowers themselves are small tubular and light blue but the effect is of a powdery blue airy haze. Full sun and good drainage are keys to survival. Wet feet during the winter are not appreciated. Plants also benefit from a late spring pruning down to several pairs of buds. Combine with Boltonia, Seashore Mallow, and grasses for a late summer showdown.



Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to culture

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Average, Clay, Sandy

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36 or taller

Flower Color



Bloom Time

Early summer,

Mid summer, Late summer,

Early fall, Mid fall

Typical Height





5, 6, 7, 8, 9