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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 18 - 30 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green. Stiff, upright, square stems.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Lavender-blue
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: USPP 11,643 (Expired)
Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2010 Great Plant Picks selection.
Parentage: Perovskia hybrida x P. hybrida
Child plants: 2 child plants

Common names
  • Russian Sage
Also sold as:
  • Perovskia atriplicifolia

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  • Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Dec 6, 2011 6:09 PM concerning plant:
    I got the Little Spire cultivar, because I'd read somewhere that they're more upright and not likely to flop. Well, 2 out of my 3 Little Spires flopped for me! But I don't care because they're so beautiful in the late summer/autumn garden, covered in little blue flowers. They're bee magnets! The big, gentle bees that don't bother people. They're supposed to attract butterflies, too, but only the bees were interested in my garden. And it smells great, similar to culinary sage.

    I think they'd do better (that is, not flop) in a *very* well draining sandy soil. I have clay that I amend with compost/leaf mold. I can't amend with sand, because it turns to concrete. Next time, I'm going to try amending with some perlite, and see if that leads to less flopping.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 16, 2013 1:55 AM concerning plant:
    I used to grow this Russian Sage, 'Little Spire', as I thought it wouldn't take as much space up in the garden. I must have had it in too fertile of a soil, because it spread a little more than I wanted it to, so I got rid of it.

    I've thought about growing it again and being watchful of the soil it's in, so I can enjoy this wonderful plant! I love the scent and it's beautiful in the garden. Worthy of a place in the garden!
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