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Growing Russian Sage

Growing Russian Sage

Denim n' Lace Sage

Denim n' Lace Sage item #13631

Hardy perennials with an upright habit and fragrant, silvery foliage. Long-blooming, and its flowers attract butterflies. Good for background plantings and screening. Stems provide winter interest if not cut back in fall. Hardy in zones 4 to 9. Plant in spring after the last frost with the roots slightly deeper than in the pots. 


Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant plants for full sun or light shade in well-drained soil. Can cut back plants in spring before growth resumes to promote strong, vigorous growth. May need support if grown in part shade, and taller varieties may become floppy by late summer. Tolerates alkaline soils.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other good perennials for attracting butterflies include Butterfly Plant, Coneflower, and Salvia.

Complimentary Products

A light feeder that benefits from occasional fertilization. Good in combination with long-blooming perennials like Pow Wow Wild Berry Echinacea (08762) or Goldsturm Rudbeckia (13962).

Product Recommendations

Bamboo Plant Supports 5' (53695) and Natural Jute Twine (52886) can be used to support plants.

Russian Sage Facts

Usually free from pest and disease problems and not eaten by deer or rabbits. Russian Sage was selected as Perennial Plant of the Year in 1995. Its flowers are edible and can be used as a garnish, in salads, and in desserts.

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