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Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire' PP11,643

A compact plant with a more upright habit for smaller foot print in the garden; still produces an airy cloud of lavender-blue scented flower spikes on silvery green leaves.

Russian Sage is a perennial with an exceptionally long season of interest. It forms a bushy upright clump of fragrant grey-green leaves, bearing copious spikes of lavender-blue flowers from mid-summer on. This is a compact selection, better suited to the smaller garden or for the front of the border than the taller forms. Excellent for hot, sunny sites, in the garden or in tubs. Prune plants back no harder than 4 to 6 inches, in early spring. Drought tolerant, once established. Prune in spring to no lower than 6 inches. USPP#11643, CPBR#1437: unlicensed propagation prohibited.


Bloom Time:

Blooms summer to fall

Mature Height:

20-24 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

4-9 Find your zone


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.