Perovskia atriplicifolia
Plant Abstract

Known as- Russian sage
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Herbaceous perennial
Familial- Lamiaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Afghanistan, Pakistan
ht.- 3 to 5 ft.
Span- 2 to 4 ft.
Coloring- Lavender / blue
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Abstract-
Easily grown in average, arid to moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tendency to flop is greatly increased by growing this plant in anything less than full sun. Drought tolerant. Cut back plants almost to the ground in early spring before new growth begins.
Attributes-
Russian sage is a woody-based perennial of the mint family which typically grows 2-4” (less frequently to 5”) tall and features finely-dissected, aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, square stems and whorls of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers tiered in branched, terminal panicles (12-15’ high). Long summer bloom period. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1995).
Issues-
No serious insect or disease problems. Plants tend to sprawl or flop over as the summer progresses.
Common Applications-
Provides long summer bloom for the perennial border. Contrasts well with both pink (e.g., phlox, mallow or roses) and yellow (e.g., rudbeckia) perennials.

2005 fragrant-gardens.com