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Perovskia abrotanoides

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Perovskia (per-OFF-skee-a) (Info)
Species: abrotanoides (ab-ro-tan-OH-id-eez) (Info)


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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive catcollins On Jan 21, 2009, catcollins from West Friendship, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Semi-woody variety that is not as strongly upright as others. Even in full sun, it flops a bit, but it blooms for 2 months summer to early fall producing a cloud of lavender that is striking. Extremely fragrant, finely cut silvery-green foliage, stems with silver scales. Cut back to a stem bud late fall. Drought tolerant, deer resistant and care free.

Excellent cut flower, but the silver scales will coat your hands and gloves. Long lasting and fragrant in the vase, dries easily.

I also have a "Little Spire" in a more pronounced flower bed. But I let my cluster of 3 abrotanoides sprawl wildly in the back border and thoroughly enjoy my wispy summer cloud. Even my husband, who prefers very structured and formal plants, likes these - "pretty cool".


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

Dublin, California
Aurora, Colorado
Bailey, Colorado
Parker, Colorado
Boise, Idaho
West Friendship, Maryland
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Great Falls, Montana
Kirtland, New Mexico
Sanford, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania

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