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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Jean Baby' (Russian sage)
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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Jean Baby' PP29281

Russian sage

One of the earliest blooming Perovskias
Resists lodging
Deer resistant
Lavender blue flowers with purple calyxes

Need a shorter, manageable Russian Sage that is still vigorous in the landscape and production? Try ‘Blue Jean Baby’! Lavender blue flowers held in smoky purple calyxes bloom for a long period starting in midsummer, with the color from the calyxes extending appeal into fall. This variety is one of the earliest Perovskia to bloom. This bushy selection joins the lineup of Perovskia from the Walters Gardens, Inc. hybridizing and, like the others this program has introduced, resists lodging. -Walter's Gardens

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28-34 Inches


36 Inches


18-24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Russian sage Interesting Notes

Perovskia atriplicifolia, commonly called Russian sage, is a woody-based perennial of the mint family which typically grows 2-4' (less frequently to 5') tall and features finely-dissected, aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, square stems and whorls of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers tiered in branched, terminal panicles (12-15" high). -Missouri Botanical Garden

Perovskia 'Blue Jean Baby' is an adaptable plant, perfect for large statement masses or as a specimen in a border. Pairs beautifully with pink or yellow perennials like Phlox, Echinacea, Rudbeckia, or roses. It also looks great in a silver blue garden like the low maintenance border in our trial gardens in Landenberg, PA. 

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Jean Baby' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Performs best in full sun and in well-draining soils. Can tolerate hot, dry climates. Perovskia has few pests and disease issues and rarely needs pruning. If pruning is necessary, do so in early spring when new growth appears. 

Good Substitutions

Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Superba'
Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel'
Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Filigran'
Russian sage Perovskia 'Little Spire'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Propagation Type