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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 2-4 feet
Plant Spread: 2-4 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Grayish
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year; 2005 Great Plant Picks Award Winner


Wolfgang Oehme Launches a Gardening RevolutionWolfgang Oehme Launches a Gardening Revolution
By LarryR on January 24, 2012

The world of horticulture recently lost a renowned avant-gardener with the passing of Wolfgang Oehme on December 15, 2011. Mr. Oehme--“Wolfi” to his friends--almost single-handedly launched a revolution in planting design with his sweeping landscapes of grasses, sedums, rudbeckias, and perovskias.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 5:43 AM

Russian Sage, the Perennial Plant Association's 1995 Perennial of the Year, is a semi-woody perennial that provides color, fragrance, and texture all summer. Plants grow to 4 feet and are covered with very pungent (when bruised) gray-green leaves. Flowering starts in mid to late summer and persists on into fall. The flowers themselves are small, tubular, and purple, but the effect is of a powdery purple airy haze. Full sun and good drainage are keys to survival. Wet feet during the winter not appreciated. These plants also benefit from a late spring pruning, down to several pairs of buds.

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Posted by Jenn (Trenton, TX - Zone 8a) on Dec 3, 2011 7:20 PM

Easy to establish. Drought tolerant sun lover. They give off a nice fragrance and attract pollinators. They grow quite tall, and will spread out, so give them room in the back of the bed!

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 11:27 PM

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

"Russian sage grows on upright, grayish white stems that are 39.6 to 51.6 inches tall, with lobed, deeply notched silvery-grey leaves that are approximately 2.0 inches by .2 inch wide. Older stems are woody at the base, and younger stems are herbaceous and square in cross section. The stems and leaves give off a pungent odor when crushed or bruised. In late summer and autumn, Russian sage produces spires of small, tubular flowers of blue or lavender colour.

It requires full sun, but is hardy and cold tolerant. It is also tolerant of dry, chalky soils with a high pH, salt tolerant and drought tolerant."

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Jan 16, 2013 1:48 AM

I used to grow this variety of Russian Sage. It was a gorgeous plant! It had a wonderful scent, which I loved! The color was beautiful too! I keep thinking about growing this one again, as it's a stunning plant in the garden!

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Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 11:21 AM

XXX Xeric plant. Sends down a taproot to halfway through the planet it seems. Do not try to dig up a large specimen as the root is VERY, VERY, VERY long and you will NOT get to the end of it. Seems to tolerate transplanting, though. Blooms for a VERY long time (weeks). Tolerates terrible soil. However, gets HUGE. Scent will rub off on your clothes. Kind of messy when the flowers fall off.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 4:37 AM

Put this plant near walkways so passersby will brush up against it and activate the beautiful sage scent. Also, if it gets floppy mid season, cut it down by half or more and it will bounce back with fresh growth and may even rebloom. Very tough plant. If you see one languishing in the marked-down or free rack, go ahead and buy it, plant it in the ground, cut back the dead foliage, and watch it bounce back.

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