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Week 8 – February 22, 2024

Plant Information

Perovskia Blue Steel

  • Perovskia Blue Steel - Bloom
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Plant Details:

Scientific Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common Name: Russian Sage

Hardiness Zone: 4a - 9b

Hardiness Degree: -30°F (-34.4°C)

Blooming Season: Summer, Late Summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Rabbit Resistant, Colorful/Attractive Foliage, Fragrant Flowers, Heat Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Frost Tolerant

Water: Light

Fertilize: Once a month

Spacing: 16 - 24" (41 - 61cm)

Height: 18 - 36" (46 - 91cm)

Width: 14 - 28" (36 - 71cm)

Exposure: Sun

General Information: Superb garden and backdrop plant. Exceptionally long blooming and very hardy. Grows in heat and drought, and always looks fresh! Attracts bees and hummingbirds.

Grower Information:

Height: First year, 18 to 24 in./46 to 61 cm; second year and on, 30 to 36 in./76 to 91 cm
Spread: First year, 14 to 22 in./36 to 56 cm; second year and on, 20 to 38 in./51 to 97 cm

Plug crop time: 5 to 11 weeks
Transplant to finish: 9 to 15 weeks

It’s tough as…STEEL!
A perennial first: Grow high-quality, affordable Perovskia from professional-grade seed. Blue Steel has higher and much more uniform germination than other seed varieties so you’ll grow top-notch plugs easily and efficiently. No vernalisation or overwintering is needed, so production time is slashed. And grown beside leading vegetative varieties, you can’t see a difference.

  • Sturdy, controlled habit in the landscape is comparable to the vegetative leader.
  • Aromatic, silvery foliage carries clouds of small blue flowers on strong silver stems that do not break or split easily. 
  • High flower show rate with 1 to 3 plugs per 1-gallon container or 3 to 5 per 2-gallon container. 
  • It’s affordable to use multiple plugs in each pot and always finish with huge retail appeal.
  • Pinch for optimal branching. 
  • Heat/drought tolerant, very hardy.