Blue Steel Russian Sage

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Blue Steel Russian Sage (Salvia yangii '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!

Formerly Perovskia atriplicifolia, Blue Steel Salvia 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

#ProPlantTips 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! Hurry and order this fantastic new Russian Sage today from Nature Hills Nursery.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Blue Steel Russian Sage Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia yangii 'Blue Steel'
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green, Gray
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes