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Russian sage

Russian sage

If you are looking for a flowering, drought-loving semi-shrub for the garden that enchants with its aromatic scent, you should buy a Russian sage plant.

Perovskia, Russian Sage 'Lacey Blue'

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Lacey Blue' grows to a height of 80 cm and considered a...

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Russian sage 'Blue Spire'

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'

From £16.40 *

No image available Russian Sage 'Little Spire'

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire' with blue flowers

£21.40 *


More useful information about Russian sage

The shrub from the Perovskia genus is perfectly suited for Mediterranean plantings and rock gardens. Between June and October, your garden will turn into a sea of blue-violet flowers that will prolong the summer. Russian sage is also ideal as a tasteful potted plant - especially on very sunny and hot southern balconies it thrives magnificently and requires little attention. The beautiful flowers not only delight the plant lover but they are also frequented by many insects, creating a wonderful bee pasture. Have a look at our Lubera® assortment and choose the suitable Russian sage plants for your personal place in the sun!

Buy Russian sage - a decorative semi-shrub for your garden

A Perovskia planted in the right place proves to be extremely robust and easy to care for. Here are our variety recommendations:

‘Blue Spire' can reach a height of up to 150 centimetres and is an important summer bloomer in the garden.

‘Lacey Blue' impresses with its extra large flowers and dense, compact growth to about 50 centimetres.

‘Little Spire' shows an upright habit at a medium height and convinces with a particularly strong flower colour.

Russian sage

Things to know

Perovskia atriplicifolia, the botanical name, is known generally known as Russian sage. It thrives in the steppes of the East and, like thyme, sage and lavender, belongs to the large Lamiaceae family. Since a Perovskia is not completely woody, it is counted among the semi-shrubs. It has silver-coloured, slightly felty foliage with an aromatic scent. In midsummer, the plant develops small, blue-violet flowers that appear whorled on flower spikes up to a good 50 centimetres long. The Perovskia is native to Asia, especially China, Iran and Afghanistan. There, the plants are mainly found in steppe-like areas and in dry forests. They can be planted without hesitation, as they are not poisonous.

Suitable location

If you buy a Russian sage, it needs a warm, full sunny location, which should also be protected from the wind - a wall or a hedge, for example, is optimal protection. A south-facing spot in the garden is also ideal, as this plant tends to be a little lazy in semi-shady places. The soil should tend to be low in nutrients, dry to moderately moist and in any case very permeable to water. Heavy soils and above all waterlogging should be avoided. Russian sage does not like winter dampness in particular - you may, therefore, want to provide your soil with a drainage layer of chippings or gravel when planting.

As a general rule, the more calcareous the soil, the more intense the colour of the leaves. Together with grasses or perennials with similar requirements, this plant can be cultivated very well in Mediterranean-looking plantings and rockeries.

Plants and care

Russian sage grows into bushy semi-shrubs, especially the long flower spikes contribute to the partly stately growth height of up to 150 centimetres (the growth height depends on the variety). This olant tends to develop shallow roots - so you don't have to dig deep to prepare the plant. However, it is advantageous if you loosen a loamy or heavy soil sufficiently with sand. Planting is basically possible all year round. Make sure to plant the young plant about five centimetres deeper into the soil than it was in the pot.

With this plant, you can create lively islands of flowers! When planting in a group, you should plant a maximum of two to three plants per metre since it wants to expand in width. As the growth of the half-shrub is rather loose, you can take discreet support measures in a location exposed to the wind, e.g. with perennial holders or raffia strands. Watering is hardly necessary and fertilisation should also be used sparingly. Compost and mulch should not be used!

Good planting partners for Perovskia

You can combine this shrub very well with other drought-loving plants. It is a graceful companion in steppe plantings and creates a beautiful picture with e.g. lavender, blue fescue and mallows. It is also perfect to complement a large area of bee pasture. Furthermore, Perovskia can be used as beautiful rose companions - but here you should take care that the Russian sage gets little water, so do not plant it too close to the rose bush. You can also achieve an unusual combination in the garden with the palm lily (Yucca filamentosa).


Do not cut until early spring - this way the plant with all its leaves is well prepared for winter. Before the plant sprouts - in March - you should cut back radically to just above the ground without hesitation. The flowers will form on the new wood, and at the same time, bareness from below is prevented.


In our latitudes, this plant survives most winters unscathed; it usually survives well down to -17 degrees Celsius. In a very frosty winter, the above-ground parts of the plant die off, but the plant will sprout again in the spring. As a precautionary measure, you can protect a young plant with dry leaves or brushwood branches on the rootstock.

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