• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, spreading 24 to 26 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Summer Flowers
    Summer to Early Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pe-ROF-ski-a a-tri-pli-si-FO-li-a
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, spreading 24 to 26 in. wide.
    Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer to Early Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Patent 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in average to lean, fast-draining soils. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize in early spring and prune to within several inches above the ground to promote dense growth and heavy bloom.Pruning time: late winter to early spring..
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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