Herb sage growing with Russian Sage? - Knowledgebase Question

Three Rivers, MI
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Question by darchob
April 3, 2007
Last Spring I planted 2 Russian Sage plants. They both grew very well. While checking out the flowers coming up I noticed a weedy vine growing along with one and showed it to my mom. She has figured out that it's regular sage. Is this normal?? Like I said, it's a vine and has green and reddish colored leaves. Not at all stalky like a Russian Sage plant. I am just curious about this. I haven't seen anything like it before! Thanks so much!

Answer from NGA
April 3, 2007
Russian sage is not really in the sage genus (salvia). It is in the genus Perovskia. There are herbal sages (salvias) with multi-colored leaves, but sage does not typically grow as a vine. Sometimes another seed can get in a nursery pot, and a different plant will come up. Or, seeds can be deposited by wind or birds in the landscape or in containers. It's hard for me to ID a plant without seeing it, so I'd suggest you verify that it is a desireable plant and not a weed at a local nursery or your County Cooperative Extension office. Some tenacious viney weeds can get out of hand!

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