Measuring about eight feet long and six
feet wide, this 15 year old stand of Russian Sage makes a bold
statement in spring. These plants are in an area that gets very little care. Water can be
sporadic and infrequent. Obviously, this is one tough plant.
It adapts to many kinds of climates and
has great tolerance to cold. Here in the arid west, Russian Sage starts
blooming mid to late spring; in colder areas it may not bloom until the
heat of summer arrives. We cut our flowers back once or twice each
season and within no time we have a new stand of gorgeous color.
In our zone 8 climate, Russian Sage becomes dormant in
winter, losing all its leaves, and resprouting on the old wood again the
spring. In colder areas, it may die back all the way to the ground.
Flowers may be pruned any time, but it is best to wait and see what resprouts in the spring before pruning branches.