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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.
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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.
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(based on 19 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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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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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Might need a 2nd season
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Comments about High Country Gardens Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires:
Hot/dry hillside. Grew well but I guess the bloom will be stronger next year. Seems very hardy
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from prescott az.
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looked weak in the spring ( first winter) but is huge, 3+feet high about that wide. Pretty blue all summer, still blue at start of November. Bees and butterflies keep it "alive".
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Poor grower in Texas Hill Country
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Just did not grow. Took lots of water to remain upright. We don't have the best soil but usually this plant is successful in the Hill Country. Maybe next year it will come to life.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Sheridan WY
Didn't survive the winter.
delightful butterfly shimmer
from prescott AZ
big plant, maybe 3' hight with nice colorful blooms at the end of each stem. Mine is covered with butterflies.
big ball of bee and butterfly
I like the big ball of color. Surprising how long it stays in bloom.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Good choice for dry heat
from Washington desert hot and arid
This plant does well in the heat as long as it gets water. Pair with Apache Plume, but give it more water.
from upstate NY
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.
Perfect for my driveway pots.
By archy 17
from Waco, Texas
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 .
By High Desert home
from Santa Fe, NM
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.
from eastern WV
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.
from Taos, NM
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.
Very Hardy & Healthy
from Noblesville, IN
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.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Long blooming season
from Arma, Kansas
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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from Los Alamos, NM
Not only is this plant gorgeous in bloom, it survives on neglect.Note that it does need trimming back in the winster or spring.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By Pat, friend of the bluejays
from Denver, Colorado
Still only about 5 inches in height. My main complaint with your plants is the small size.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I'm a happy repeat customer of this
from Milton-Freewater, OR
We are augmenting the lavender in our vineyard with this beautiful plant, as it continues to have beautiful lavender blue blooms throughout the summer.
from Paonia, CO
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