Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian Sage
Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Deciduous

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3-4′ x 3-4′

Exposure

Full sun

Water

Low water

Flower Color

Blue

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features

Deer Resistant, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Upright

Sunset Garden Zones

2-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

4A=9B

Moderate-growing, shrubby deciduous perennial to 3-4’ tall and wide. This tough, heat-loving species is a member of the Mint family, is surprisingly cold-hardy and features upright-growing, silver-tinged branches cloaked in finely-divided, aromatic gray-green foliage. Prized for its profuse clusters of violet-blue flowers that appear spring through fall, and in such abundance that it seems to create a colorful haze above the attractive foliage. This low-maintenance species has few known pests, is deer resistant, and tolerates a variety of soil types, provided they’re fast-draining. Drought tolerant once established, this hardy selection is well-suited in beds and borders, as a backdrop to lower-growing perennials, as a mass-planting for larger areas, or as a colorful container specimen. Prefers a full sun exposure.

USDA Zone: 4A-9B
Sunset Zone: 2-24

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