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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Perovskia (per-OFF-skee-a) (Info)
Species: atriplicifolia (at-ry-pliss-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Spire

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive anelson On Aug 21, 2011, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

I was surprised to see this plant listed as being hardy only to zone 5a. Here I am, in zone 3b, having grown this plant for 3-4 years with no extra protection and it seems to be doing fine in a well-drained, sandy soil. It is in full sun, but not in a warmer micro-climate. I am not absolutely sure of the cultivar, but they are all listed as hardy to zone 5a so I guess it doesn't matter!

I love the plant - provides a misty lavender blue appearance in late summer/ early fall when that color is always welcome. I do have to support the stalks, or they will flop over in the wind we have here.

Positive outdoorlover On May 10, 2011, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this beautiful plant. It grows without extra water or fertilizer, and it sprouts babies in the spring!!

Positive shelly80504 On May 29, 2009, shelly80504 from Longmont, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful purple flowers with silver/gray foliage. Smells wonderful. Draws bees and hummingbirds to my garden like crazy.

Positive philomel On Oct 6, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

The leaves are deeply cut giving a very pleasing effect in grey-green. It is more floriforous than the type, with very long panicles of deep lavender blue flowers.
It likes a well drained poorish soil and plenty of sun.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
Burlington, Connecticut
Moline, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Edgewood, New Mexico
Dayton, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
Roscoe, Pennsylvania
Clinton, Washington
Birchwood, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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