Russian Sage


  • Borders
  • Xeriscaping
  • Pollinator Gardens


  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts Butterflies and Bees
  • Aromatic Leaves


  • Full Sun
  • 6+ Hours of Direct Sun

Growing Zones:

Russian sage is a tough perennial with a long blooming period. The tiny lavender-blue blooms cover the stems in mid-summer and attract butterflies and bees. These hard-working plants also have silver, aromatic foliage that adds fine texture to the back of a planting. Use Russian sage in xeriscapes, cottage gardens, and Mediterranean-themed plantings.

Pruning Russian Sage

Should I deadhead Russian Sage? 

Deadheading is not necessary for Russian Sage. The best time to cut back Russian Sage is in early spring before new growth emerges. Cut the stems back to about 4 inches above the ground. Some people choose to cut this plant back in the fall, but the stems provide some protection during the winter, along with winter interest, so it's best to leave them in place over the winter. These plants may die back in northern zones but will resprout in the spring.

I can cut back Russian Sage? 

Russian Sage grows quickly during the summer and may become floppy. To promote a compact form, cut the plant back by half after blooming. Pruning may also be required if you have yellowed or dead stems; just remove them at ground level.