Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common Name: Russian Sage ABC's


Russian Sage ABC's (Perovskia atriplicifolia) Perovoskia are loose airy sub-shrubs with gray foliage and lavender-blue flowers.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone5
Moistureaverage, tolerates dry once established
Soil & Siteaverage, can't tolerate wet soils especially in the winter, this is sure death
Temperaturetop parts of the plants are killed with light frosts
Flowerstubular lavender blue flowers borne in terminal racemes or panicles, airy
Leavesleaves and stems whitish gray in color
Stemssquare stems typical of the Lamiaceae family, fragrant when crushed (especially when I prune the plants)
Dimensions3 feet
Maintenancebest not to cut flush with the ground, I like to leave 6 or more inches of stem, this is where the new buds will form for the next growing season, also I will periodically prune back some of the branches to help prevent the "Perovskia Flop" which is common to this group
Native SiteRussian Sage is not native to Russia but is found in Afghanistan & western Pakistan.
Cultivar OriginThe genus is named for VA Perovski a Russian general.
Author's NotesI really like to use this perennial for the whitish gray foliage and flower color. The lose airiness of the plants allows for plants to grow up and through the plant. At a Perennial Plant Association convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, I saw Pervoskia inter planted with Echinacea, a combination I still use today. When the Magnolia start dropping their petals (really tepals) I call this "Magnolia Snow". When the Perovskia start droping thier petals the area around the plant is littered with bluish petals or "Perovskia Snow".
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Allan Armitage), #79-Perennials For Every Purpose (Larry Hodgson)
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