Russian Sage
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)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Aromatic

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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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".