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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Perovskia xatriplicifolia-Russian Sage

 Russian Sage is native to Iran, Pakistan, Tibet and Afghanistan, but it is well adapted to our high deserts. This long-lived plant quickly attains a size of 4-5 feet tall and wide. It has fragrant, fine-textured silver-grey foliage, and produces tall sprays of blue flowers in the summer months. Bees are attracted to the blossoms. Because this introduced plant reseeds easily, spent flower spikes should be removed right away to remove developing seeds. Russian sage should be cut back hard in the fall months. It can be planted in full sun or part shade, and any well-drained soil. This plant is hardy to -20 and appears to be resistant to rabbits and deer. USDA Zone 5. 


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