How to grow Russian sage

How to grow Russian sage

Last updated on March 10th, 2024 at 09:36 am

How to grow Russian sage. The Russian sagebrush or plant – (Peroviskia artiplicifolia)

Russian Sage Plant

How to grow russian sage
Russian Sage next to a west rock wall.

How to grow Russian Sage

Many new gardeners mistake this plant for a Lavender or Texas sage bushes, it is not a true sage, and its origin comes from Russia. It is a flowering herbaceous perennial.  For this post, we will call it a Sage.

The plant thrives in and around the Southwest and produces tall spikey, bright lavender-blue limbs. It is a tough vigorous plant that grows anywhere, especially in and around the American Southwest.

The foliage is a silver-gray color, and it starts to bloom in late spring until and into early fall.  It does well in a rock garden or Xeriscape landscape.

Plant it in full hot sun do not plant in the shade as it will sprawl and spring out in places you might not want!  The best time to plant is in early spring or mid-fall.

Is Russian Sage Drought Resistant?

Yes, once it becomes established it is very drought tolerant. It does tolerate poor soil and grows about 4-5 ft. tall and wide.  It is also good for container gardening.

This plant can become invasive, so it is best to give it lots of room to grow.  Pulling out unwanted sage by hand and including the roots will keep it from getting into places where you do not want it to grow.

I would not place this plant near other plants that are in your flowering or vegetable garden as it will quickly take over.  The rhizome of this plant is how it grows and will produce more stems.

You should plant Russian sage in full hot sun, if not it will start to look yellow, and the stems will reach for sunlight thus giving it a droopy look.

Propagating Russian Sage

Russian Sage can be propagated by separating clumps of plant roots and all.  Place the new sage clump in a good well-drained container.  Use topsoil or potting mix water about every other day during the spring season.

Once it shows new growth it’s time to plant in the ground. It will bloom from mid-summer until mid-fall.

How to grow Russian Sage - Landscapping

It is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 10.  Look up your USDA hardiness zone here. has more photos and information about Russian sage.


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