Russian Sage Perovskia Seeds - Blue Steel
- Seed Count: 10 seeds
- Maturity Date: 75-90 days from planting
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Color: Lavender-blue
- Plant Height: 3-4 feet
- Spread: 2-3 feet
- Sun Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, sandy to loamy soil
History: Russian Sage, scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is not actually native to Russia but hails from central Asia, specifically regions like Afghanistan and Tibet. Despite its misleading name, this plant has been a staple in ornamental horticulture for years due to its stunning lavender-blue flowers and silver-gray foliage. The Blue Steel variety is a cultivated type, offering a more compact growth habit and prolific blooms compared to some other varieties.
Uses: This perennial plant is versatile and can serve multiple functions in a garden. Its towering spires of lavender-blue flowers not only provide a burst of color but also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Moreover, its aromatic leaves deter deer and rabbits, making it a great choice for areas where wildlife nibbling is a problem. Its sturdy stems also make it a popular choice for cut flower arrangements. Russian Sage is also used in xeriscaping for its drought tolerance.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Russian Sage - Blue Steel has a typical plant height of 3-4 feet with a spread of 2-3 feet. It thrives in well-drained, sandy to loamy soil and requires full sun for optimal growth. It's recommended to sow the seeds indoors 8 to 10 weeks before the last frost date, at a shallow depth of about 1/4 inch. Transplant the seedlings outdoors, spacing them about 2-3 feet apart. Once established, Russian Sage is drought-tolerant and can thrive with minimal watering. Given its maturity date of 75-90 days from planting, this plant will grace your garden with its attractive blooms and foliage within a few months.