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Russian Sage Planting and Care

The Russian sage is technically classified as a woody sub-shrub. These are actually quite pleasing aesthetically and due to that most people prune them annually to keep them short. This is why they are used mainly as if they were perennial flowers.

The Russian sage consists of small, purple-blue flowers which are finely cut laid out in tall spires. It has stems that are greyish white with leaves that are a kind of greyish green.  All of these features add a beautiful haze of colour to any garden from midsummer to fall, providing the perfect contrast with other flowers.

Basics for Planting Russian Sage

The Russian sage has stems that are semi-woody and hence they can tolerate drought and are easy to maintain. The plants can reach a height of 4 feet at maturity if they are not pruned regularly. The flowers are produced from June to September and their hazy blue makes this shrub a fixture on many landscapes.


Planting Site

  • The ideal site to plant the Russian Sage is one that has ample sun. Sunlight is a key ingredient to the growth of the Russian sage. 

  • Good drainage must also be present in the soil of that site so that the Russian Sage can be saved from Fungus and disease. 

  • The soil must be semi fertile for the Russian sage to thrive, it can grow in less than ideal conditions but it is preferable to have ample sunlight and fertility in the soil. For sites lacking these there is always fertilizer available.  


Planting Zones

The traditional planting zones have been countries in central Asia. According to the USDA they can be grown in regions that have a hardiness level of 5-9.


Common Varieties

The most common varieties of the Russian sage bush include:

  • Blue mist: the blue mist variety has flowers that are lighter in shade and bloom before other varieties.

  • Blue Spire: the blue spire has deeply cut leaves and its flowers are violet in colour rather than blue.

  • Filagran: this variety is known for its finely cut leaves that add to the beauty of the Russian sage sub-shrub.

  • Taiga: the Taiga can grow if un-pruned to 3 feet tall and wide. It is much less floppy than other varieties that have similar or more height. In bloom its flowers have a vibrant sky-blue colour. 

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