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Little Lace Russian Sage

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This compact and uniform variety forms a dense mound of lacy, fragrant, gray-green leaves, producing spikes of lavender-blue flowers held in smoky purple calyxes from summer until fall; a vigorous grower, excellent for the garden or mixed containers

Characteristics

Species:
atriplicifolia
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Perovskia
Cultivar:
Novaperlac
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Spacing:
18 inches
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Bicolor:
blue
Flower Period:
from mid summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Little Lace Russian Sage features delicate spikes of lavender flowers with blue overtones and purple calyces rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant narrow leaves emerge silver in spring, turning grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Little Lace Russian Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Little Lace Russian Sage will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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