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My Favourite Sound of Summer - Bees Buzzing in Russian Sage Sea

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

The gentle sound of bees buzzing among the Russian Sage along on a busy road with heavy trucks passing. This, by far by is my favourite sound of summer.

Russian sage scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a deciduous woody shrub in the mint family (Lamiaceae). The plant is native to central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tibe. It is also grown as a landscaping plant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones. Although the aromatic shrub is called “sage,” it is not a culinary herb. In fact, the plant contains a chemical that can be toxic in large doses.  

Russian sage in summer

These guys don't stay put, but I was able to take a shot of one sipping on the nectar!

Russian Sage in winter

Russian sage next to the asphalt

The intense fragrance of Russian sage is similar to some of the true sages.  Its flowers attract bees and butterflies. It is used in herbal medicine to soothe the stomach, and treats fevers and helps relieve cold or flu symptoms. Though, talk with your doctor before using Russian sage for medicinal reasons.  

Divided and potted Russian sage

Volunteer Russian sage seedlings

Bare-root, dormant Russian sage division

Bare root Russian sage shipped in spring

We love it not just because of its beauty - tall, airy, spike-like clusters create a lavender-blue cloud of color in the garden, but also it's zero maintenance. Once established, it requires not a single drop of water in summer. The best part is, it provides 9 out of 12 months of nectar for The Clayton Farm bees (April to December). What is not to love? 

I believe if the Russian sage is planted everywhere on highways or hills where it is sunny without irrigation, maybe we could really save the bees.

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