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PlantFiles: Russian Sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little 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: Little Spire

Synonym:Perovskia atriplicifolia x abrotanoides

12 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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7 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Very nice, not quite as tall as standard Russian Sage, though it does like to spread. Blooms June-October in my garden. PP #11643

Positive braun06 On Oct 4, 2010, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have bought this plant on 2 seperate occasions and both times grew a 3' plant too big for the spaces I put them in. I like the toughness it offers and color/texture. I am trying a new cultivar from Europe called Lacey Blue that is supposed to stay under 20" in height and is very compact.

Positive tapzee On Jul 31, 2010, tapzee from Tarrytown, NY wrote:

Well, I'm happy to consider that the Perovskia "Little Spires" that I bought were mismarked, but mine are easily 4 feet tall, sprawling all over the place. Beautiful, though, and loved by a pair of goldfinches. I'm going to try pinching them back in June at least once to keep them more manageable.

Positive FaithieAnn On Jul 19, 2010, FaithieAnn from Victoria, MN wrote:

In Minnesota, I have used many of these wonderful perennials as background or center-bed accents in my landscape berms for the past four years. They have grown nicely everywhere, but they seem to be most prolific in the beds covered with a natural cedar mulch. Those planted in beds covered with river rock still give me a nice display bush, but the rock seems to limit some of their natural tendancy to multiply and expand. Don't plant them any closer than 3' apart, if you want them to look like separate plants/bushes. They are fairly carefree, need no staking and grow to about 3' high by early August and bloom from July to the first frost. I trim them down to about 8 inches after the snow melts, but before the new spring growth begins. I especially love the sage fragrance of the foliage and the way they attract droves of honey bees, bumble bees and butterflies.

Positive Lue On Oct 27, 2009, Lue from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

First year I have grown these i my rock garden. They are still in bloom in Virginia!

Can anyone tell me, am I supposed to trim the back for the winter?

Thank you, I love the website.

Positive grampapa On Oct 7, 2007, grampapa from Wheatfield, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the only variety of Russian sage I have grown, but I am in love with it. So are the bees and butterflies. It never flops. Provides an almost season-long cloud of wonderful blue that goes with everything in my zone 6b garden.

Positive MAVANO On May 6, 2006, MAVANO from Harrison, MI wrote:

In my zone 4b central Michigan garden, Little Spire grows wonderfully. I had hoped (and tried) for many years to stretch Perovskia atriplicifolia (Zone 5) into growing for me. Then 2 years ago, I found Little Spire (Zone 4) and it looks just the way I had hoped the regular Russian sage would look. The added bonus for me is that it really seems to love the sandy soil it calls home.


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

Menifee, California
Winchester, California
Chicago, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Columbia City, Indiana
Nashville, Indiana
Shelby, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Alfred, Maine
Millersville, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
West Friendship, Maryland
Spencer, Massachusetts
Harrison, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Victoria, Minnesota
Roswell, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Farmingdale, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Tarrytown, New York
Broadway, North Carolina
Newport, North Carolina
Sanford, North Carolina
Uniontown, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
New Kent, Virginia
Chilton, Wisconsin

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