Lacey Blue Russian Sage
Lacey Blue Russian Sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Lisslitt' Plant Patent #20,845Item #8478 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 10
This hardy, heat and drought tolerant selection has an improved, sturdy, compact form that does not flop over in the landscape! Lavender-blue flower sprays enhance aromatic, deer resistant foliage. Colorful, easy care choice for accent, border or mass planting. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pe-ROF-ski-a a-tri-pli-si-FO-li-aPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, spreading 24 to 26 in. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Summer to Early FallFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasPlant en masse to add a wonderful drift of color to the landscape. A delightful alternative to lavender in cottage gardens or along fence lines of pickets or iron. Shows well in traditional parterres or hedge-bound planters. Casual character is equally suited for wild gardens amidst rocky outcroppings or landscape boulders. Outstanding at edges of dry stream beds with wildflowers. Excellent container specimen in unglazed clay pots.Companion PlantsJuniper (Juniperus); Aster (Aster); Potentilla (Potentilla); Butterfly Weed (Asclepias); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Bee Balm (Monarda)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in average to lean, well-drained soil. Water regularly the first growing season to develop a strong root system. Prune annually before new growth emerges to promote dense growth and heavy bloom by cutting back to several inches above the ground in early spring.Pruning time: late winter to early spring..Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:Lacey Blue Russian Sage was discovered in a self-pollinated seedling mixture of Perovskia 'Blue Spire' in 2001, during a breeding project by Peter Catt in Liss, Hampshire, United Kingdom, with the goal of developing a more compact cultivar with stiff, upright flowering stems. Chosen for its compact plant habit, foliage that is highly dissected and silver-green in color, and its stiff, upright flowering stems with an abundance of flowers, the selection was then reproduced by the breeder in 2003 by means of stem cuttings. The characteristics of the new cultivar have been found to be stable and reproduced true to type in successive generations.