Botanical: Perovskia atriplicifolia
Common: Russian Sage
General Characteristics: Russian Sage will grow in shady areas, but will not be as full and dense as it would be in the sun. Periodic pruning until mid-summer will produce better growth and a stronger bloom. This 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year is perfect for that area needing a soft, airy effect. Russian sage is a woody-based perennial of the mint family which typically grows 2-4' (less frequently to 5') tall and features finely-dissected, aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, square stems and whorls of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers tiered in branched, terminal panicles (12-15" high). Long summer bloom period.