Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires

Blue Spires Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires (Blue Spires Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Thought to be a hybrid of two species, this plant has amazing vigor and blooms for many months. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 76613

Details

48" tall x 48" wide (cutting propagated). 'Blue Spires' Russian Sage, a European cultivar, is a vigorous, well-shaped grower with attractive dark-blue flower spikes. Russian Sage (Perovskia) has taken the gardening world by storm, rising from obscurity to enormous popularity in the past decade. Along the way, however, a number of different forms of the plant were introduced, resulting in a variety of good and not-so-good Russian Sage plants.
SKU 76613
Common Name Blue Spires Russian Sage
Botanical Name Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 48" tall
Mature Spread 48" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Russian sage’s enormous popularity is no doubt due to its ability to thrive in dry, tough conditions. It blooms all summer and grows successfully in any soil, from clay to sand, as well as salty and highly alkaline ones. And if that weren’t reason enough to plant it, Perovskia is extremely resistant to browsing deer, rabbits and even elk.

Russian sage is a low care plant that looks its best when cut back hard (leaving 6 to 12” of stem above ground) in mid-spring. This keeps the plant more compact and encourages more vigorous blooming. This shrub has a tendency to spread by suckering, so it’s advisable to dig up the suckers in early spring to keep the plant within bounds. When used to cover large areas, don’t bother.

An application of Yum Yum Mix fertilizer in the fall is all that’s needed to keep the soil healthy and the plant happy.

More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Russian Sage plants: Russian Sage: A Garden Marvel In Blue, A Bad Rap: Garden Plants That Are Misunderstood and Long Blooming Perennials.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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High Country GardensPerovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Hardy (10)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Accurate instructions (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (10)
  • Garden (8)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (9), Getting started (3)
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    • Personal (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful! Spreads agressively via suckers

I was fortunate that the Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires came up in my yard as a volunteer along my property line / neighbor's driveway. It is beautiful, breathtaking in the autumn. You do...Read complete review

I was fortunate that the Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires came up in my yard as a volunteer along my property line / neighbor's driveway. It is beautiful, breathtaking in the autumn. You do have to keep a constant eye out for suckers if you don't want this plant to take over the area, as its suckers come up 3-4 feet away. I have a small yard and only want the one, so this is a problem. I would plant this sinking a very large pot into the earth should you want to contain the spread of the roots. I would ask HCG about this advise first though, as I am an amature gardener.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Healthy!

I ordered 3 of these early in the summer and 3 more later on because the first 3 were doing so well (in our very poor soil). This year, the newer ones are...Read complete review

I ordered 3 of these early in the summer and 3 more later on because the first 3 were doing so well (in our very poor soil). This year, the newer ones are showing more signs of life than the older ones, but all look healthy.

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5.0

terrific

By 

from upstate NY

About Me Getting Started

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

    We ordered 12 of them, and 10 have lived. They grow very fast into very tall and delicate plants. Very attractive. Attract a lot of bees and butterflies which is want we wanted. Smell terrific as well.

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    5.0

    Perfect for my driveway pots.

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    from Waco, Texas

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

      I got this for two large planter pots that I have on either side of my drive. They are perfect. I added a couple of Sweet potato vines and some Moss Rose to the pots as well. All and al they are very attractive and perfect .

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent!

      By 

      from Santa Fe, NM

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

        Such tiny plant starts but then truly spectacular growth and development their first year even in our poor desert soil. Became beautiful blossom covered shrubs in their first season. Added radiant color to the landscape and were always buzzing with bee activity. Blooms lasted into the snow arrival.

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        5.0

        fantastic plant

        By 

        from eastern WV

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • A Survivor
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Lawn
          • Outdoors
          • Patio
          • Pool Area

          Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

          We grow them in riffs in the landscaping. They hold their own without special attention and seem to repel deer. Their flowers are like sprays of blue mist. Beautiful.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful blue

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          from Taos, NM

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Xeric

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Garden
            • Outdoors
            • Patio

            Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

            I live at 7000-ft in snow country. My very blue Blue Spires Russian sage survived its first winter beautifully. It requires little to almost no water in summer months. I do feed it in the spring with Yum-Yum mix to help it wake up. I chose Blue Spires because I needed something blue and also it is smaller than its more famous purple cousin.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Hardy & Healthy

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            from Noblesville, IN

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

              I am very pleased with this Russian Sage. It survived in spite of my planting it in an area without enough sun...and not just survived but thrived. I transplanted it this fall, and have no doubt it will be spectacular next year.

              Highly recommend.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Long blooming season

              By 

              from Arma, Kansas

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Lawn
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                I've bought this species from High Country Gardens and from a local nursery. Either way this plant is a winner. I love its long blooming season, its color & its ability to attract a variety of butterflies and other insects. It takes heat and drought well & doesn't seem to be too picky about soil types either as long as they drain well. If you live in a damp climate (we get 40 inches annually) I would think carefully about its placement but with proper forethought you'll be glad you got it.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Beautiful! Spreads agressively via suckers

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                from Santa Fe, NM

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Agressive Spreading

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                I was fortunate that the Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires came up in my yard as a volunteer along my property line / neighbor's driveway. It is beautiful, breathtaking in the autumn. You do have to keep a constant eye out for suckers if you don't want this plant to take over the area, as its suckers come up 3-4 feet away. I have a small yard and only want the one, so this is a problem. I would plant this sinking a very large pot into the earth should you want to contain the spread of the roots. I would ask HCG about this advise first though, as I am an amature gardener.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Beutiful

                By 

                from Los Alamos, NM

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                  Not only is this plant gorgeous in bloom, it survives on neglect.

                  Note that it does need trimming back in the winster or spring.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Slowly growing

                  By 

                  from Denver, Colorado

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Fragrant

                  Cons

                  • Slow growth
                  • Small In Size

                  Best Uses

                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                  Still only about 5 inches in height. My main complaint with your plants is the small size.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I'm a happy repeat customer of this

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                  from Milton-Freewater, OR

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • They Survived Last Winter

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors
                    • Vineyard

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                    We are augmenting the lavender in our vineyard with this beautiful plant, as it continues to have beautiful lavender blue blooms throughout the summer.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Healthy!

                    By 

                    from Paonia, CO

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:

                        I ordered 3 of these early in the summer and 3 more later on because the first 3 were doing so well (in our very poor soil). This year, the newer ones are showing more signs of life than the older ones, but all look healthy.

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                        • Personal

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                        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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