Russian sage is a woody-based perennial with gray-green leaves on square stems typical of the mint family. Leaves are aromatic when crushed. Whorls of tubular flowers are in panicles at the ends of stiff, upright stems.
Sharp soil drainage is especially important. Avoid wet, poorly drained soils. Plants have good drought tolerance. Cut back almost to the ground in late winter to early spring as soon as new growth appears.
‘Blue Steel’ has silvery foliage and clouds of small blue flowers on strong silver stems that do not break or split easily.
Height: 2-3 ft.
Spread: 3 ft.
Bloom time: late summer
Sun: full sun
Water: dry to medium
Deer and rabbit resistant
photo credit: North Creek/PanAmerican Seed