Russian sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia


The Russian sage is a distinctive flowering perennial growing with several upright branches from the base, reaching 3-4 ft. tall. Pale gray green leaves are finely divided and produce a soft color and texture value. Most leaves drop off during the winter. Small flowers are intense lavender-blue and produce a colorful display on branched stems during late spring and into summer.

Russian sage is native to harsh climate zones of central and western Asia. As a result, it is a hardy plant that tolerates conditions of heat and cold throughout the Inland Empire which makes it useful in colder areas of this region. It is a good foliage and flowering accent plant in perennial gardens where it does best in full sun and reduced amounts of summer moisture following its flowering cycle.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Winter deciduous
Habit: Upright, Spreading, Open
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Purple, Lavender, Blue
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.