Russian Sage Planting Instructions


Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) tolerates poor soil conditions and extreme drought. The foliage grows sliver and gray, and flowers come in shades of purple or blue. Russian sage's average mature height is 3 to 5 feet. Two common cultivators include "Blue Sprier," which produces blue flowers, and "Little Sprite" which produces lavender flowers. When planting Russian sage, select an area with well-draining soil as the plant does not tolerate saturated soil.

Step 1

Select a spot in your yard that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day.

Step 2

Choose a planting site with well-drained soil, as Russian sage does not tolerate excess water.

Step 3

Dig a hole as wide and as deep as the plant's root ball.

Step 4

Remove the Russian sage from the container. Lower the plant in the hole, and fill in any gaps with soil. Water thoroughly after planting.

Step 5

Prune the plant by removing weak or dead branches in early spring.

Tips and Warnings

  • Over-watering Russian sage may result in plant disease or decay.

Things You'll Need

  • Russian sage
  • Garden soil


  • Colorado State University Extension: Plant Talk - Russian Sage
  • University of Illinois Extension: Common Perennials - Russian Sage
  • University of Arkansas Extension Service: Deer Ressistant Plants

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association
  • USDA Hardiness Plant Zone Map
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