Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Perovskia atriplicifolia, Taiga, Russian Sage

Common Name: Russian Sage

Genus: Perovskia

Species: atriplicifolia

Cultivar or Variety: Taiga

Characteristics of Plant
A heat loving and drought tolerant shrub that does well even in the hot days of summer.

The foliage is a silvery-green and tall racemes of light lavender-blue flowers appear between June and July that will bloom until frost.

This is a great small shrub that gets to a couple of feet tall and is a magnet for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.

A great backdrop plant for smaller plants. Works great as a border plant too.

Life Cycle
Perennial

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring
Early Summer

Germination Temperature
Winter Sow

Seed Sowing Depth
1/8th"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
30-40 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
2 - 4 feet

Plant Form
Upright
Branching

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Lt. Purple

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed
Stem Fragments

Cutting Flower
Yes

Attractive to Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies

Additional Uses
Containers
Borders

Image
(Image by starlight1153)
"Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Taiga'"
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