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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Other names

Russian sage

Genus

Perovskia Perovskia

Species

P. atriplicifolia - P. atriplicifolia is an upright, deciduous subshrub with grey-white stems bearing ovate, deeply divided, aromatic, grey-green leaves and, in late summer and early autumn, tall panicles of small, tubular, violet-blue flowers.


Perovskia atriplicifolia is: Deciduous

Habit

Upright

Flower

Blue, Violet in Summer; Blue, Violet in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in poor, free-draining soil in full sun. Too fertile soil may boost 'leggy' growth and will require support to prevent the plant becoming untidy.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Other names

Russian sage

Genus

Perovskia Perovskia

Species

P. atriplicifolia - P. atriplicifolia is an upright, deciduous subshrub with grey-white stems bearing ovate, deeply divided, aromatic, grey-green leaves and, in late summer and early autumn, tall panicles of small, tubular, violet-blue flowers.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Blue, Violet in Summer; Blue, Violet in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Summer; Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage) will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in poor, free-draining soil in full sun. Too fertile soil may boost 'leggy' growth and will require support to prevent the plant becoming untidy.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

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Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian sage)

July 2015

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