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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel'

Russian Sage

This seed selection produces clouds of small lavender-blue flowers on sturdy stems in summer that do not break or split, outstanding late-season garden interest with aromatic, silvery foliage, Blue Steel needs no vernalization or overwintering to produce flowers.

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  • This variety doesn’t need vernalization to flower
  • Sturdy stems hold clouds of blue-purple flowers
  • Great fall interest in the garden


24-36 in


20-28 in

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Russian Sage Growing and Maintenance Tips

Shrub-type perennial with erect woody stems and rather informal growth habit. Plants have attractive whitish stems with aromatic silver-green foliage. Exceptional long bloom time from mid-summer into fall. Cut back plants to 8-12" each spring to maintain good vigor.

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel' Characteristics


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average