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Branching sprays of small summer flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, create a marvelous lavender-blue haze July to September. Gray-green leaves are finely cut, wonderfully aromatic.
Russian Sage needs moderate to little water. Performs well in hot, humid climates. Taiga Russian Sage is a more upright growing, less likely to flop selection. Grows 2-3 feet tall in short season climates, up to 5 feet tall in mild climates. Russian Sage is winter hardy to zone 5.
Sow seeds in cell packs or or 2 inch pots, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 60-65° F., germination occurs over a period of 3-12 weeks. Germination can be improved by pre-chilling. Wrap seeds in a moist paper towel, place inside a zip-lock bag with plenty of air, and refrigerate for 2-4 weeks. Chilled seeds germinate faster and more uniformly. Transplant into the garden 24-36 inches apart.
Growing Russian Sage: Full sun, tolerates extreme heat and drought. Thrives in any soil with good drainage. 'Tiaga' Russian Sage will flower the first year when started early. Plants are deer resistant. Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Russian Sage looks stunning combined with white flowering plants.