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White Sage Seed

(Salvia apiana LAMIACEAE)

Native to the mountains of southern California, this woody perennial with greenish-grey leaves is used by Native Americans for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. Has large flowers, averaging 3/4" long, white, sometimes spotted with lavender. Because it may not bloom every year, the seed is sometimes in short supply. Makes a nice ornamental shrub in southern dry regions, and a tender perennial in the North. Very aromatic and good for smudging. Excellent honey plant. Medicinal: For spiritual purification. Also astringent, and anti-bacterial. Useful for colds.


Foliage:Silvery grey-green
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:18 to 36 inches, larger in the South
Diameter:12 to 16 inches inches
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:6 to 9
Soil:Requires a well-drained soil.
Propagation / Germination:Germinates in 7 to 14 days, but some seeds may take as much as 35 days. Seed germination tends to be naturally low.
Spacing:18 to 36 inches
Sun:Full sun
Pests and Diseases:None noted.

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