Featured Plant

Perovskia atriplicifolia – Russian Sage

Native to the Himalayas and Western China, Pervoskia atriplicifolia, commonly known as Russian Sage, is a fabulous addition to the Canadian prairie gardener’s palette.

This easy to grow, hardy perennial thrives in regular soil in a sunny location. Typically growing 3 to 4 feet tall, with soft blue, feather like spires of tubular blooms atop fragrant silver foliage, Perovskia atriplicifolia is one of the longest blooming perennials, flowering from July through October, but really hitting its peak in August.

As mentioned, Perovskia atriplicifolia is drought tolerant and requires minimal care, as it is essentially pest and disease free. Plants should be cut back to within a few inches of the crown as soon as new growth starts in the spring. The one key to success with Perovskia atriplicifolia is drainage – avoid planting in locations that sit wet.

Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year for 1995, Perovskia atriplicifolia is also a wonderful plant for pollinator gardens, as it is attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. An added bonus is that it is both deer and rabbit resistant.

Located in a number of locations throughout Assiniboine Park, Perovskia atriplicifolia can be found in The Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden, the English Garden, and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.

Sources:
Missouri Botanical Garden
 
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