Russian sage is a perennial plant originally from the hills of southwestern and central Asia. Now, its fragrant gray-green leaves and abundant clusters of purple flowers are found in gardens across the world. In landscaping, Russian sage is used as an accent feature and as a filler. It also attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds.
Growing and maintaining Russian sage is easy. Just follow the tips below to make sure your perennials dress up your garden for a long time!
Planting Russian Sage
Russian sage grow best in USDA hardiness zones 5-9. Make sure you plant them in well-drained soil – Russian sage hates soil that stays soggy in the winter – and in full sunlight. If you plant them in the shade, they might crawl in search of some light. Place Russian sage 2-3 feet away from other plants. Water them occasionally until they get established.
Russian Sage Care
While it’s growing, Russian sage needs occasional watering to encourage a deep root system. Once the perennial is established, it thrives on dry soil.
Every other year, in the late fall, scatter a handful of all-purpose fertilizer around each plant. You can also use a shovelful of compost instead.
During the spring, upkeep is mostly pruning. Cut the old stems when new growths appear. The dried flowers make for pretty indoor arrangements.
- In 1995, Russian sage won the Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year Award
- Traditionally, Russian sage was smoked as a euphoriant
- In Russia, Russian sage is used to flavor a vodka-based cocktail
- The flowers of the Russian sage are added to salads for a sweet flavor in Afghanistan and Pakistan
By Maria Veronica Perez