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Upright growing, 18-36 inches tall. Fragrant gray green foliage, topped with blue flowers in summer. Blooms the first year. Growth is more restrained than other seed grown Russian sage. Blue Steel Russian sage is an ideal choice for containers or the landscape. Plants are heat tolerant, and winter hardy to zone 4.
Branching sprays of small summer flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, create a marvelous lavender-blue haze July to September. The Silvery leaves are finely cut, and wonderfully aromatic.
Taiga Russian Sage needs moderate to little water. Performs well in hot, humid climates. It is a more upright growing, less likely to flop selection. Grows 2-3 feet tall in short season climates, and up to 5 feet tall in mild climates. Blooms the first year when started early. Taiga Russian sage is winter hardy to zone 5.
Sow seeds in cell packs or or 2 inch pots, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 65-72° F., germination occurs in 7-21 days. Transplant into the garden 16-24 inches apart for Blue Steel, and 24-36 inches apart for Taiga.
Growing Russian Sage: Full sun, tolerates extreme heat and drought. Thrives in any soil with good drainage. Will flower the first year when started early. Plants are deer resistant. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Russian Sage looks stunning when combined with white flowering plants.