Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue

Lacey Blue Dwarf Russian Sage

Lacy Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue) is a true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and just recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes it very useful when space is an issue and a smaller version of Russian Sage is required. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones4 - 9
Advantages
Easy To Grow
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant
Good For Cut Flowers
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40" (with care)
Mature Height18-24" tall
Mature Spread24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to fall
ShippingNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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SizePlant - 5" Pot
SKUHC014679

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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18-24" tall x 24-36" wide. At last, the first truly short growing selection of Russian Sage, 'Lacey Blue' is half the height of 'Blue Spires' and fits into small spaces. With exceptionally large flower spikes, Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue is deer resistant, long blooming (from mid-summer through the fall), and thrives in any soil. Just grow it hot and dry once established. Most soil types including clay. Cut back entire plant back to 12” - 15” in spring (not in the fall) Good for Firescaping. Plant with Agastache, Achillea, Penstemon.
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SKUHC014679
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Pot
Common Name
Lacey Blue Dwarf Russian Sage
Botanical Name
Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Blue
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
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
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Good For Cut Flowers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To 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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