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Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common Name(s):
Russian sage
Categories:
Perennials, Shrubs
Comment:

The grayish green leaves of Perovskia are pungently scented, apparent when they are crushed or brushed against. The tall, clear blue flower spikes lend a cool, airy look to the garden. Cultivars such as 'Longin' and 'Blue Spire' and 'Blue Mist' are superior to seed grown plants. Cut plants back to 12 in. after the first hard frost. Drought tolerant; prune in early spring

Season:
Mid to late summer
Height:
3-5 ft.
Flower Color:
Light blue
Hardiness:
USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9
Foliage:
Opposite, simple gray-green leaves; 1-2 in. long; stems have a whitish down
Flower:
9-12 in. panicles of violet-blue flowers in late summer
Zones:
5 to 8
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun; well-drained soil of moderate fertility
Texture:
Medium
Propagation:
Tip cuttings in summer, seed
Exposure:
Full sun
Soil:
Well-drained
Regions:
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Origin:
Afghanistan to Tibet
Width:
3-5 ft.

NCCES plant id: 759

Perovskia atriplicifolia Perovskia atriplicifolia