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Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP11643 CPBR1437

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Russian Sage

'Little Spire' is prized for its compact, mid-sized, upright habit which prevents the leaning that is typical of the species. Small, narrow, grey-green leaves compliment the lavender-blue flowers. This cultivar has a wonderfully long blooming period beginning in late summer and continuing well into the fall.

Breeder: Herbert Oudshoorn

Introducer: Future Plants

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  36 Inches
Spread:
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
  Mid-fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

The ideal plant for hot, dry climates! Russian Sage is classified as a subshrub or woody perennial. It performs very well in full sun and any well-drained soil. Average to dry moisture levels are ideal, and few pests bother this plant. If pruning is necessary, do so in Spring when new growth appears. Prune back to just above the lowest bud.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red'
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Malva sylvestris mauritiana
Common Name: Mallow-Tree
4,5,6,7,8
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Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Giant'
Common Name: Coneflower-Purple
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Aconitum fischeri
Common Name: Monkshood-Azure
4,5,6,7,8
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Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Common Name: Hyssop-Anise
4,5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.