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Expert tips for when to cut back Russian sage annually |

Russian sage is a great perennial plant that is loved by bees and other insects. A fantastic drought tolerant shrub, Russian sage produces an abundance of branching purple stems come late summer and early fall. 

Reaching up to five feet in height, Russian sage benefits from being pruned annually to keep the plant compact, full of productive growth, and blooming at its best. 

There are two options for the best time to cut back Russian sage. The task can either be done in fall or spring. It may depend on your location, as well as your gardening goals, as to when you decide to complete the task.

Purple flowers of Russian sage in bloom

The flowers of Russian sage are a magnet for bees and other pollinators

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When should I cut back Russian sage? 

Russian sage is a great option for any drought tolerant planting ideas or if you want to try xeriscaping as part of your backyard ideas. But you may wonder, when do you cut back Russian sage? It can be done in fall or spring, so we take a closer look at the advantages of both to help you decide when to prune your Russian sage.

Russian sage in flower in a botanical garden

Russian sage has highly aromatic flowers

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Cutting back Russian sage in spring