(Rocketman Russian Sage) A cloud of cool, lavender-blue flowers shoot upward from the fine-leafed, gray-green foliage of Salvia yangii 'Rocketman'. This is a shorter, more upright form of Russian Sage, which was known botanically as Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Rocketman'until 2019 when the species was reclassified as a Salvia.
From a distance, Rocketman Russian Sage looks like a large lavender shrub. Similar to lavender and many other mint family plants, it is fragrant and tolerates cold, heat, and drought. This long blooming Salvia is lovely as a focal point in a low-water cottage garden or massed as a border along a walkway or boundary. Container planting also works well for Rocketman, which grows rapidly.
Give this sage a location with full sun and well-drained soil (compost, pea gravel, and scoria are good amendments). Once established, it thrives on lean to average supplemental watering depending on local rainfall.
Walters Gardens of Zeeland, Michigan, hybridized Rocketman and introduced it in 2014. British botanist William Griffith (1810 - 1845), who also served the East India Company as a physician and surgeon, collected the first specimen of Russian Sage in Afghanistan. Despite its common name, Salvia yangii is native to Central and Southwest Asia - not Russia - where it is found on hillsides and steppe lands.
Wherever it grows, Salvia yangii 'Rocketman' is a magnet for bees but not deer.