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Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, 3-5 feet tall, lavender or blue flowers and silvery foliage, aromatic leaves are oblong, deeply cut along the edges. Foot-long panicles of flowers bloom for many weeks. Excellent drainage and full sun are ideal, very light shade is tolerated. Plant close to avoid staking since the tall plants tend to flop. Good for back of flower bed. Zones 4-9.
TALL - Light: Sun,Part Sun Zones: 2-10 Plant Type: Perennial Plant Height: 2-6 feet tall Plant Width: 1-3 feet wide Bloom Time: Blooms midsummer to early fall, depending on variety Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders Special Features: Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Fall Color,Cut Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Attracts Butterflies,Tolerates Wet Soil
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Flame Acanthus (H:3' to 5' W:3' to 4') is covered with long, slender, red or orange blooms from midsummer through to the first hard freeze. It is a drought tolerant, heat-loving small shrub that works as well in the perennial border as it does as an informal hedge or speciman plant. The bark is light and flaky and makes an interesting winter and early spring accent. Flame acanthus is late to come out in the spring, and benefits from periodic shearing or even severe cutting back in early spring.