Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Russian Sage Plant FeaturesYou can't go wrong with Russian sage. This easy-care shrub-like perennial is smothered in small lavender-colored blooms from midsummer through early fall. And even when not in bloom, Russian sage's pretty blue-green foliage is a lovely addition to any sunny border. Butterflies also enjoy feasting on the bounteous blooms of this easy-to-grow perennial flower. Russian sage is both drought and deer resistant These sturdy plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall. Hardy from zones 5-9.
Note: Botanists have reclassified this plant, so you may also see it with the botanical name Salvia yangii.
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Russian Sage Growing InstructionsPlant Russian sage in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Although this rugged perennial can tolerate a wide range of conditions, it does not like to sit in wet soil. In northern parts of its range, Russian sage can be a bit slow to break dormancy in the spring. Be patient before assuming the plant is dead.
Don't let the name Russian sage fool you. This plant is not a true sage and is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Low water needs
Complement your Russian SageBlack-Eyed Susan
The yellow flowers of Black-eyed Susan seem to have an extra pop when planted against a clump of Russian Sage.
Perennial Sunflower makes an excellent background plant for a bed of Russian Sage.
Feather Reed Grass
Feather Reed Grass and Russian Sage make an amazing, low-maintenance combination.