Blue Flowered Russian Sage
This semi-woody perennial (more like a shrub than a perennial) carries a cloud of small blue flowers on widely arching stems that grow 3–4’ tall and as wide. The effect is a charming, airy haze of soft blue against silvery gray, pungently aromatic foliage. An exceptionally long-blooming perennial.
1995 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year
Growing Russian Sage Perovskia in the Garden
Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Sharp soil drainage is especially important. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. Plants have good drought tolerance. Best flowering occurs in full sun locations. Stems are more likely to flop if plants are grown in part shade. Cut back plants almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears. Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly called Russian sage, is a woody-based perennial of the mint family which typically grows 2-4' (less frequently to 5') tall and features finely-dissected, aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, square stems and whorls of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers tiered in branched, terminal panicles (12-15" high). Long summer bloom period. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1995). Genus name honors Russian general V. A. Perovski (1794 - c. 1857). Specific epithet means with leaves resembling salt-bush. Mass or specimen in borders. Provides long summer bloom for the perennial border. Contrasts well with both pink (e.g., phlox, mallow or roses) and yellow (e.g., rudbeckia) perennials. Russian Sage (Perovskia) has taken the gardening world by storm, rising from obscurity to enormous popularity in the past decade. Along the way, however, a number of different forms of the plant were introduced