How to Grow Lyreleaf Sage


Lyreleaf sage is a hairy perennial that grows to be about 1-2 feet high. It has a rosette of three-lobed leaves at the base, with simple leaves further up on the stem. The tube-shaped flowers are 1 inch long each. They range in color from pale blue to violet purple. Lyreleaf sage is a great addition to any garden as an evergreen ground cover. It reseeds easily and forms a solid, durable cover.

Step 1

Excavate the soil to remove grass or weeds, if there are any. Work to a depth of 3 to 4 inches to get to a good-quality soil.

Step 2

Add a 4 to 5 inch layer of compost to the soil where you want to plant the Lyreleaf sage. Fork or till the matter to mix it with the regular soil.

Step 3

Rake the beds to smooth the grade and remove any debris. Make the soil higher in the middle, in a crown fashion, to allow for proper water drainage and runoff.

Step 4

Water the area to be planted. Lay out the plants to determine the desired spacing and landscape design.

Step 5

Tear the edges of the plants if the roots are pot-bound or matted. This will help the roots grow outward.

Step 6

Dig holes that are just slightly wider than the Lyreleaf safe. You want the plants' root ball to sit level with the soil, not lower than the surrounding ground. If so, they may drown or rot.

Step 7

Water the plants and add a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch. Add additional mulch twice a year, in the early spring and early winter, to maintain the layer.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't overwater Lyreleaf sage. Water only when needed, not on a set schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Excavation hand tools
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Water
  • Lyreleaf sage plants
  • Shovel
  • Mulch


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Keywords: Lyreleaf Sage, perennial, groundcover

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