Blue Steel Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Steel’)

Blue Steel Russian Sage

Blue Steel Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Steel’) is a fantastic new Russian Sage with aromatic fine-textured gray-green foliage that is smaller and compact and very finely branched! Soon the gorgeous blue-tone airy flowers appear in slender, branched panicles that almost look spikey from afar! This perennial type of Sage blooms for a long period and maintains its striking silver-white stems for winter interest!

This woody-based perennial of the Mint family and features tons of tiny blooms attached close to their stems in tight clusters of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers held in terminal panicles! Looking like clouds of blue in the garden, Russian Sage blooms from mid-summer through autumn and maintains its airy steely lilac-blue blooms until frost. Much to the delight of every bee, butterfly, and even a few hummingbirds in your area! Your bouquets will gain light and delicate fillers!

Blue Steel is a cold and heat-hardy Russian Sage that grows fantastically throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 9, these compact bloomers become completely smothered in airy blue blooms 2-3 feet in height and width! You’ll enjoy pollinators galore without attracting deer and rabbits.

Planting and Application:

Blue Steel Russian Sage is a long-blooming, disease-free variety with several distinctive features, perhaps their best feature is how pests and deer often pass them by, while the aromatic oils in the leaves keep away Mosquitoes! Use around vegetable gardens as companion plants, or around your seating areas and reading nooks to keep pests away!

Blue Steel Russian Sage is hardy, Xeric, Firewise, and easy to grow! Plant along sidewalks, hot sunny pathways, and walkways, along your driveway, or in that hell strip along the road without worry about deer or drought once established. Fantastic bed and border accents, add lightness and fine texture to your gardens! Plant in Rock Gardens, or create informal airy hedges and mixed Perennial borders!

  • Fine Textured Lilac Blue Blooms
  • Aromatic Sage-Green Airy Foliage
  • Long Lasting Blooms & Rebloom
  • Space-Saving Compact Size & Dense Branching
  • Pollinators, Hummingbirds & Great Cut Flowers
  • Beds & Borders, Xeric & Fire-Wise Landscaping

Tips for Care:

Plant Blue Steel in full sun for the most compact growth. Russian Sage is an herbaceous perennial that requires very little care if planted in a sunny, loose, and very well-drained area, and is drought tolerant (Xeric) once established! Provide moderate moisture on a regular basis for new plants to get them established in their new home. Diligent deadheading will encourage a rebloom if the stems are pinched off after the first flowering episode fades away.

  • Full Sun
  • Very Well-Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Once Established
  • Drought-Tolerant, Deer Resistant & Low-Maintenance
  • Deadhead Often to Keep Blooms Returning
  • Prune Back in Very Early Spring

Blue Steel Russian Sage is just the clouds of blue your garden needs to add light airy texture and aromatics!

Blue Steel Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Steel’) Details

Common name Blue Steel Russian Sage
Botanical name Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Steel'
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained Soil
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Blue