Native Garden

Ernest Righetti High School


White Sage - Salvia apiana

Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (USA)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower color: white
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer

Salvia apiana (White Sage) - White sage is a native evergreen salvia to southern California commonly found in coastal sage scrub and chaparral. Soft, gray-white leaves of white sage clothe the herbaceous stems, which are erect from the wooden base. White, fading to pale pink flowers form whorls along 3 to 4 foot stems in the spring and summer. White sage contains aromatic oils and resins, popular for use as incense. Native Americans and others use the dried or fresh leaves for ceremonial purposes, teas and shampoos. The specific epithet, apiana, refers to bees and the attraction white sage has for them. Beekeepers understand this and have kept hives in the chaparral areas for some time now. White Sage naturally hybridizes with Salvia mellifera, S. leucophylla and S. clevelandii. Cold hardy to 20-25 degrees F.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Salvia apiana.

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