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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire'

Russian Sage, Little Spire

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire', Russian Sage, Little Spire
photo: Walters Gardens

Cat# 1351 Russian Sage, the Perennial Plant Association's 1995 Perennial of the Year, is semi-woody perennial that provides color, fragrance, ad texture all summer long. Unlike its tall parent, 'Little Spire' grows to around 2 feet tall. It is covered with very pungent-when-rubbed gray-green leaves. Flowering starts in mid to late summer and persists on into fall. the flowers themselves are small tubular and light blue but the effect is of a powdery blue airy haze. Full sun and good drainage are keys to survival. Wet feet during the winter are not appreciated. Plants also benefit from a late spring pruning down to several pairs of buds. Combine with Asters, Coneflowers, Seashore Mallow, and grasses for a late summer showdown.

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