How to Grow Perovskia Plants

Guide to Growing Russian Sage, Azure Sage

Perovskia are hardy perennial sub-shrubs that reach a height of 90 cm to 1.2 metres (3 to 4 feet).

Perovskia carries attractive toothed leaves of grayish green or silver.

They bloom towards the end of summer and carry spike like flowers of azure, blue or purple.

Some common names for Perovskia include Russian Sage and Azure Sage.

Perovskia by Wallygrom.

Perovskia Growing and Care Guide

  • Common Names: Russian Sage, Azure Sage.
  • Syn. Salvia yangii
  • Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
  • Height: 36 to 52 inches (90—130 cm).
  • Native: Southwest and Central Asia.
  • Growing Region: Zones 3 to 9.

  • Flowers: Late summer.
  • Flower Details: Blue, lavender. Small. Long lasting spires about one foot (30 cm).
  • Foliage: Herbaceous/Sub-shrub. Silver-grey. Lobed. Odorous leaves and stems.

  • Sow Outside: Not usually grown from seed.
  • Planting: Transplant purchased or flat grown cuttings into the garden at the start of spring or in autumn. Space at two to three feet apart (60—90 cm).

  • Requirements and care: Full sunlight. Very good drainage. Average soil. Will tolerate chalky/high pH soils. Salt tolerant. Drought tolerant. Propagate: by taking cuttings in the spring and summer. Propagate in flats under glass.
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Closely Related Species: Sage, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Lavender, and Deadnettles
  • Miscellaneous: Flowers are edible. Leaves are smoked for their hallucinogenic effects. Traditionally used as an Antipyretic medicine in Europe.

How to Grow Russian Sage

It is best to grow Russian sage from cuttings, or from plants bought at a garden center.

If growing from cuttings, take the cuttings in spring or early summer and plant them in pots under glass.

Allow to grow in the pots until the autumn then plant the young Russian Sage plants about 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) apart.

Locate in a well drained sunny part of the garden.

Caring for Perovskia

Russian Sage and other Perovskia plants that are purchased from a nursery or garden center can be planted in autumn or spring.

Once established the Perovskia plants should be cut back to ground level at the beginning of spring.

Common Questions

How many members does the Perovskia genus contain?

The Perovskia plant genus contains seven species of perennial shrubs.

Do Perovskia members make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Perovskia or Russian sage is valued in landscaping for its silvery foliage and spires of blue flowers. It is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant.

Which Perovskia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The species Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly known as Russian sage, is popular among gardeners for its aromatic leaves and blue flowers.

Are Perovskia plants fragrant?

Yes, Perovskia plants have a strong, aromatic scent, particularly when the leaves are crushed.

What is the perfect location to grow Perovskia?

Perovskia thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, tolerating drought and poor soil conditions.

Is Perovskia invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Perovskia is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Perovskia plants from my garden?

To remove Perovskia, prune the plant to the ground and dig out the root system.


Perovskia plants, commonly known as Russian sage, is a genus in the Lamiaceae family. These hardy perennial subshrubs are admired for their silvery foliage and beautiful spires of blue flowers, which add unique color and texture to the landscape.

Perovskia plants prefer a location with full sun and well-drained soil. Planting is usually done in spring or autumn. They are drought-tolerant once established, making them an excellent choice for xeriscaping, rock gardens, or borders in sunny, dry locations.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Perovskia. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow English Lavender, Common Sage, Ocimum plant, and Thymus plants.