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Perovskia atriplicifolia

Perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian sage
Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common name Russian sage
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-9)
Flowers light blue (late summer)
Size 2-3'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)

Silvery foliage, upright plant. Blooms, quite usefully, in mid-summer, when blues are hard to come by in the garden. We grow two varieties: the common species, and P. abrotanoides, a.k.a. Caspian Russian sage, purchased from Bluestone years ago. According to the nursery, the latter have darker-colored flowers, but I've detected no difference whatsoever. For what it's worth, the photo at the right is of the supposed Caspian variety.

Russian sage
Contrasting pleasantly with spent liatris flowerstalks and grasses
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Attractive gray-green leaves with feathery serration

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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