Russian Sage

Asked October 12, 2016, 7:40 PM EDT

Should Russian Sage be cut back in the fall? I'm seeing two opinions out there! Thanks.

Deschutes County Oregon

1 Response

Thanks for your question about pruning Russian sage. None other than Oregon's perennial shrub expert Neil Bell says in an OSU publication:

Summer- and fall-blooming shrubs, on the other hand, flower on new wood. They’re fair game to prune now [in February.]. Some include rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), PeeGee hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica) and a lot of the subshrubs like Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), hardy fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica), cape fuchsia (Phygelius) and Caryopteris.

Suggest you read his entire article, and remember that a year-old shrub needs less pruning (if at all) than a 2-3 foot plant. If in doubt, wait until next year.

Hope this is helpful!