Hailing from southern Asia, east through Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran to China, Perovskia’s common name alludes to Vasily Perovsky, a Russian general who canvassed the region in the 1850s. This cold-hardy genus is singular for its myriad long-blooming flowers that galvanize hummingbirds, butterflies and bees plus its valiant character that braves deer, rabbits, cold weather as well as dry locales.
This well-behaved hearty perennial debuts branching silver spikes, sporting a long-lasting violet-blue mist comprised of countless, tiny close-set flowers. The dazzling display tarries on firm, erect steel-hued stems lined in tasteful, serrated gray-green leaves. Smaller than the species, with a little less spread, low maintenance ‘Blue Steel’ lends stately soft-looking accents to mixed borders, cottage gardens and Mediterranean plantings.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/3' wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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