Perovskia atriplicifolia Description
Perovskia or Russian sage is the perfect answer for those hot, dry sites. This high-performance slightly woody perennial that needs little water yet looks fresh looking in the heat & humidity of summer.
The show begins in mid-summer, when scented, soft gray, narrow stems are covered with masses of sky-blue florets that go on for weeks. These gorgeous blooms make long lasting cut flowers.
Once established, Russian sage truly loves it dry and well drained. Perfect for sunny areas that are not easily accessible to water. Awarded the Perennial Plant of the Year!
This long-blooming perennial favorite makes a superb low growing hedge plant where it combines with long-blooming KnockOut roses, drought-proof sedums, & fragrant coneflowers!
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Long blooming,
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36-48" X 36"
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Background, Border, Cottage gardening, Foundation planting, Massing, Naturalizing, Specimen
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Soil: Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Sharp soil drainage is especially important. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils.
Light: Full sun -- Best flowering occurs in full sun locations. Stems are more likely to flop if plants are grown in part shade.
Water: Dry to medium -- Water regularly until established. Plants have good drought tolerance.
Spacing: 2 - 4 ft.
Fertilizing: Feed with a general purpose, slow release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Winterizing: No special care needed. Can leave foliage standing in winter.
Maintenance & pruning: Cut back plants almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears. Plants have deep tap roots, and don't like to be moved once established.
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