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Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Airy cloud of lavender-blue scented flower spikes on silvery green leaves.
Perennial of the Year 1995

Russian Sage is now available in several named selections, all of them extremely valuable for their long season of bloom in the summer garden. This recent selection forms a narrow upright clump of greyish leaves that are finely cut and fragrant. Spikes of rich violet-blue flowers appear in high summer, continuing into late fall. An extremely versatile garden plant, Russian Sage loves hot, sunny sites and will fit right into the perennial border, also good used among shrubs, and even in containers or tubs.


Bloom Time:

Blooms summer to fall

Mature Height:

36-48 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

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Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 65-75° F in high light to keep plants from stretching. Keep lightly moist to slightly dry, never wet and provide good air circulation to avoid disease. Once actively growing feed at 75-100 ppm N with each watering. Pinch for well branched plants. Generally finish in 8-10 weeks.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water lightly and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in average to poor, but well-drained soil in full sun.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.