Russian Sage 'Blue Spire'

Perovskia atriplicifolia

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




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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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


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

Appleton, Wisconsin

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!!


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.


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.