Perovskia, Russian Sage 'Little 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: Little Spire
Synonym:Perovskia atriplicifolia x abrotanoides



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

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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

South Jordan, Utah

New Kent, Virginia

Chilton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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


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.


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.


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 foliag... read more


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.


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.


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.