Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage 'Blue Jean Baby')
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If you love lavender but not its fussiness, Russian sage makes a great replacement. It loves the heat and the sun and is drought tolerant once established. In fact, it dislikes wet feet. Russian sage looks stunning planted in groupings, mixed with other perennials such as Texas rock rose, or planted as a specimen. Its silver-green foliage and lavender flowers provide good texture, color, and contrast to many other summer flowering perennials.
'Blue Jean Baby' is a shorter, compact variety with upright stems that resist flopping.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun|
|Bloom color||Lavender blue|
|Bloom time||Summer through fall|
|Mature height||2.5-3 ft|
|Mature spread||3 ft|