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Perovskia Atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)


Russian Sage is a one-plant wonder! It flowers almost all summer long, it is fragrant like sage, it tolerates drought, and is deer resistant.

Growing on average 3ft tall and wide (4′ possible), this deciduous plant is a perfect pairing with perennials and succulents because its lavender-blue blooms and its aromatic finely textured foliage. At Colorado Hardy Plants, Russian sage is used as a backdrop in our own garden.

Caring for this plant is easy because it tolerates poor soil, loves full sun, and is virtually maintenance-free once established. However, it is best to find well-drained soil and at least a mostly sunny spot so that the spike-like blooms have what they need. Although not necessary, most green thumbs cut back plants in late winter.

This mint relative is popular with hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees due it part to the highly fragrant smell but also due to the extremely long blooming season of the flowers. Also, this vigorous, hardy, heat-loving, and drought-tolerant plant resists deer and pests.

Fun fact: Russian Sage was named Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year in 1995.


Colorado Hardy Plants are just that… hardy! We have sought out plant varieties that provide low maintenance, use little or no water once established, and are simply hardy enough to grow where others don’t.

We grow and ship our plants in 5″ or quart-size (in certain varieties) plastic containers. Knowing that the root system is the most important part of the plant we guarantee. our plants to have a large root system that fills the container.

CHP is a small family operation! We propagate, pot, water, prune, and personally package the pants you order from us. Most of our plants are grown from cuttings taken from the plants or seeds collected nearby the nursery at an elevation of 6300 ft. Our weather is extreme with temps below 0 are common in the winter and intense sunlight all summer long. We don’t grow plants in heated greenhouses, they have to be able to survive the elements!

Please note that deciduous plants ordered in the winter months and early spring will have been pruned a minimum of 30% compared to photos and may have no leaves

Our nursery is also licensed and inspected by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Nursery Division and holds a current Japanese Beetle Certificate. We only ship USPS Priority Mail, so your plants are sure to arrive quickly. You’ll note in our feedback that our shipping process is a sight to behold. We love our customers so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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