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Model #R003CL

1 gal. Russian Sage Plant

  • Thrives in Sunny Sites
  • Lavender Blooms in Late Summer
  • Can be a Lavender Replacement in Cold Climates
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Product Overview

Mature Dimensions
Hardiness Zone
Sun Needs
Types of Perennials
Attractive, semi-woody perennial with grey-green leaves, which strongly resembles lavender and can be used as a replacement in areas too cold to grow lavender reliably. Tiny, purple-blue flowers appear in late summer along long, 3- 4 ft. tall stems. Technically, the plant is not a sage; the name most likely comes from the characteristic sage fragrance given off when the leaves are crushed. Drought tolerant. Versatile plant with a variety of uses: in the middle or back of the perennial border, in the cottage garden, as a foundation plant, and in many other situations. Pairs nicely with ornamental grass, white or yellow flowered perennial, rudbeckia, and coreopsis. Also, used to separate strong color patterns, or as a divider hedge.
  • 1995 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year
  • Resembles lavender, but more cold hardy
  • Has been in cultivation since mid-1800
  • Airy clouds of flowers in late summer
  • Ships in a 6 in. round (1-gal.) black nursery pot
  • Plant in moist, well drained soil in full sun; has a tendency to flop in anything less than full sun
  • Performs best in USDA plant Zones 5 to 9, it is not suggested to plant in other Zones
  • Cut plants almost to ground in early spring before new growth begins
  • To accommodate mature size or when planting in groups, space 3 ft. away from other plants or structures
  • This plant is a perennial, which means each it will re-grow each year. Be aware that it will die back each winter; and, while it may look like dead branches during this season, it is simply conserving its energy so it can grow again in Spring

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Specifications

Dimensions

Mature Height
24
Planting Depth (in.)
6

Details

Additional Characteristics
Drought Tolerant
Annual / Perennial
Perennial
Average Shipping Height (in.)
8
Best Time to Plant
Year Round
Blossom Color
Purple
Botanical Name
Perovskia atriplicifolia
Common Name
Sage Plant
Edible Type
Herb
Fragrance
Fragrant
Growth Habit
Clumping
Hardiness Zone
5 (-20 to -10 F),6 (-10 to 0 F),7 (0 to 10 F),8 (10 to 20 F),9 (20 to 30 F)
Number of plants included (Pack-Size)
1
Organic
Non-Organic
Organic
No
Recommended Space Between Plantings (in.)
24
Returnable
180-Day
Shipped As
Container
Sun Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Requirements
Twice a week
Wildlife Attracted
No Wildlife Attracted
Wildlife Deterred
No Wildlife Deterred

Questions & Answers

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Has anyone had success with this in Arizona? (Metro Phoenix area). I'm wondering if it can hold up to the heat.

Asked by ANW June 9, 2019
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Thank you for your inquiry. According to Arizona State University, the Russian sage is a great accent plant for those high desert landscapes in Arizona and New Mexico. It is well adapted for mid-elevation landscapes in the Arizona cities and towns such as Prescott, Payson, Sierra Vista, and Page. It will grow in Flagstaff too, but might be damaged by winter cold. It is not recommended for the low desert of Phoenix as that heat is too extreme for it to grow.

Should I cut this down in the fall?

Asked by Helpet September 6, 2017
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CUT back, but not to the ground.

I live in north Georgia, when can I plant this? And is this deer resistant like other sages

Asked by LM February 20, 2017
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It does seem to be deer resistant. I live in a deeply rural area, and neither the deer nor my livestock have ever bothered my Russian sage. As I recall, North Georgia gets fairly cold in the winter and has a lot more interesting lay of the land than the flat land south of it. I imagine you can plant anytime that's not winter, given that these plants are already a good size. I planted mine in broiling heat, but I'm apparently more bothered by it more than they. I'd have them in the ground before fall so that they are fully established by winter, but other than that, I cannot imagine Russian sage having any problems in North Georgia. They are a wonderful plant that adapt to any number of soils and weather conditions.

Do these plants do well in shade

Asked by Paul September 12, 2016
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No

I live in Vancouver where it rains most of the time. I wonder if this Russian sage can withstand so much rain.

Asked by Lynzie August 10, 2016
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No.

Would this plant do okay near a road that gets chloride treatments and soil washout from road? If not, what would???

Asked by AliceS July 19, 2016
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Yes

How tall are the actually plants?

Asked by Ivyleaf12 May 12, 2016
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3 femm c

Russian Sage & butterflies

Asked by Magic72 December 3, 2015
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If you have a mature bush it will have flowers throughout the season. I also have lavender that I trim back in the offseason to bring back the blossoms, but I haven't even done that with sage.

Do these plants carry ticks like other sagebrush?

Asked by Roonie June 13, 2014
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Sage should have a general tendency to repel ticks. However, if you have ticks in your area, they will seek out tall plants in order to drop onto passing animals. Having a barrier of mulch--particularly cedar mulch--between wilderness areas and your lawn and yard can discourage ticks from getting into your yard in the first place. Plants like lemongrass and sage are less likely to harbor ticks because they repel many insects.

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Plant looked like it was in the ground the day before. Excellent.
Plant looked like it was in the ground the day before. Excellent.
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This was a gift to our sister in another state. She was thrilled and loves it! She said the instr...
This was a gift to our sister in another state. She was thrilled and loves it! She said the instructions were very helpful for a first-time gardener. It arrived earlier than expected and was alive and healthy. She's very pleased. Here is the picture she sent when it arrived.
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Plants arrived in poor shape. They were smaller than shown, many leaves brown and in doubt if the will service.
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no flowers after all this time. looks like a dying weed
no flowers after all this time. looks like a dying weed
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It arrived earlier than expected and was well packaged. It was not even completely dry, although...
It arrived earlier than expected and was well packaged. It was not even completely dry, although I did water it like it suggests on the package. Still waiting for it to "take" and grow but it's only been in the ground 2 weeks. Russian Sage is so pretty- I can't wait to see mine in full bloom.
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2 plants ordered arrived in good condition in 1 gallon...
2 plants ordered arrived in good condition in 1 gallon pots. Plants were secured in pots with newspaper and tape. Pots were packed in Styrofoam peanuts. Plants were healthy and are doing great. Only complaint is they were a bit overpriced but I have 1 year guarantee returnable thru local store.
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The online description of the Russian Sage stated that these...
The online description of the Russian Sage stated that these plants were drought tolerant, liked full sun all day and would do well in my region.When the actual plants arrived, they were already dying from the heat. An insert in the box stated the plants were from a hothouse in Ohio and should not be shipped to the Southwest or West. I live in the high desert of Nevada. Obviously, these plants were sent from the wrong grower. If that was not the case, then the online description of them is grossly inaccurate.
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