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.
Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Rock Gardens
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Plant Size 48" tall 48" wide
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" Pot
SKU HC014678

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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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. Good for Firescaping
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SKU
HC014678
Ships To Canada
No
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
Height
48 inches
Mature Height
48" tall
Mature Spread
48" wide
Bloom Time
Early - Mid Summer, Mid - Late Summer
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay 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, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Rock Gardens
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
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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