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Bee gardening news and education from the UC Davis Bee Haven
by Stevie Lazo
on February 5, 2021 at 6:45 AM
We planted a Russia sage many years ago. It is huge now and my bees just love it! I love to just stand in front of it while it’s in bloom and watch and listen to the multitude of bees on it.
Reply by Christine Casey
on February 5, 2021 at 10:13 AM
Stevie, it is amazing to watch the number of honey bees that come to this plant. We don't see many other bee species using it at the Haven. Its native range overlaps with that of honey bees, so it makes sense that they use it.
by Toni Stephan
on February 9, 2021 at 11:29 AM
Russian sage is a native bee magnet in my central Oregon garden. If they can get past the honey bees I see Anthophora, Ceratina, Agapostemon and Bombus species on this plant. Very important here for the fall bees.
Reply by Christine Casey
on May 5, 2021 at 10:21 AM
Fantastic that you see such diversity of bees on this plant!
by Diane Jones
on September 1, 2021 at 2:16 PM
Thank you for explaining this!  
Ok, so how is yangii pronounced?
Reply by Christine Casey
on September 6, 2021 at 4:59 PM
Glad you found this interesting. It's pronounced YANG-ee-eye. FYI, the Missouri Botanical Garden includes a recording of plant pronunciations on their online plant finder:
by Sungcha Cha
on July 10, 2023 at 4:17 PM
There is a wasp nest at the corner of the brick walls of mine and my next neighbor; we are townhouses.  
The wasps enjoy the nectars of the Russian Sage nearby.  
Should I cut off the flowers if the Russian Sage to get rid of the wasps?  
Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Reply by Christine Casey
on October 23, 2023 at 9:15 AM
The wasps have likely chosen this location for their nest because it's a corner. They are nectaring on many other plants besides the Russian sage. There is great information about wasp control on the UC IPM website:
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