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Question: I have a desert sage shrub which has grown much to large - if I cut it right back (take off all the green) will the leaves grow back

Answer: Texas sage can be kept under control with regular pruning. If yours is much too large, you can cut it back severely and it should produce new shoots later this spring. I actually took a chain saw to one of my plants, cutting it down to about 3 inches above the soil level. It came back quickly and now I am pruning it back by a few inches after each time it blooms. It looks beautiful. I think you'll have the same results with yours if you cut it back severely.

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