The older stems are woody, and younger stems are soft or herbaceous. Like members of the mint family, stems are square in cross section. Russian Sage has a strong scent especially if stems or leaves are rubbed or bruised. Russian Sage produces abundant spires of small, tubular flowers of blue or lavender color. These spires sometimes reach 1’ -2’ in height. Flowers attract pollinators like honey bees all summer.
Russian Sage grows best in full sun, with low to regular water. It is also very heat and drought tolerant. Russian Sage is Hardy to USDA zone 4. Use Russian Sage in the Landscape as solitary plant clumps
or as a border, for example, between properties.
Maintain Russian Sage by cutting back last season’s growth to about 6" – 8" in late winter or early spring before new growth resumes.
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Photos & Narrative By:Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist