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Products > Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP 11,643
Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP 11,643 - Compact Russian Sage

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Pakistan (Asia)
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (P. abrotanoides x atriplicifola?)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP 11,643 (Compact Russian Sage) - This is hardy, upright multi-stemmed, sub-shrub or deciduous perennial grows to 2-3 feet tall with stems that are thin, white and covered with finely divided feathery olive green leaves, which emit a pleasant aroma when touched. The light fuzzy clusters of small purple-blue flowers appear summer through early fall along the coast. Cut back to the lowest buds (nearly to the ground) in late fall as the plant tries to go dormant (leaves can linger here in our mild climate) or in early spring prior to new growth emerging. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil with occasional summer watering, though it is a tough plant that is resistant to drought, heat, pests and poor soils. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5a (-20F). It is resistant to deer browsing and the flowers attract butterflies and honeybees well. The flowers can be used in floral arrangements. This new selection of Russian Sage was selected for its relatively short and upright habit, which prevents the leaning that is typical of the species. It was discovered by Herbert Oudshoorn in a seed bed of sown Perovskia hybrida seed in Rijpwetering, The Netherlands in 1995. It received US Plant Patent 11,643 on November 21, 2000 and has been marketed through Future Plants, a Dutch cooperative formed to discover and market new plants. In the patent application it was compared to Blue Spires as having darker purple-blue flowers, leaves that were slightly grayer, less deeply serrate and more acuminate, and flowers stems that were shorter. The name Russian Sage is a bit of a misnomer. Perovskia is closely related to the genus Salvia (sages) but comes from southern Asia from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran east to China and was named for Russian General and Count, Vasily Alekseevich Perovsky, who campaigned in central Asia in the 1850s.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Perovskia 'Little Spire' PP 11,643.