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How to Propagate a Russian Sage

By Anthony Smith

Perovskia atriplicifolia, also known as Russian sage, is actually neither Russian nor a sage, but it is a garden perennial that can be used as a filler plant. It produces blooms from early spring into the fall that often attract butterflies. The plant received its informal name because its foliage gives off a strong sage-like scent when it is crushed. If you would like to introduce Russian sage to your landscape, aim for around early spring, or wait until early summer to do it another way.

Plan your propagation of Russian sage for the late winter or early spring. Take root cuttings from an existing plant. Select roots from the base of the shrub that are about 1/4 inch in diameter, and use a sharp pruning knife to cut them away.

Place the cutting in some prepared potting soil and keep it moist. Once the plants have established themselves, they may be transplanted to an area with well-drained soil and full sunlight.

Cut away some stems from a Russian sage in the early summer to propagate another way. Treat the freshly cut stems with rooting hormone and plant them in containers with a rich mix of potting soil.

Allow the planted stems to become established in a greenhouse or similar humid environment until they are ready for transplanting,


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning knife
  • Potting soil
  • Root hormone

About the Author


Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.