White Sage (Salvia apiana)
Hardiness: to 20° F
The beautiful white foliage of this indigenous plant sets off the silver-blue flowering spikes. This is the most highly valued and revered of all North American Sages, burned ceremonially to cleanse the spirit and welcome positive thoughts.
Foliage is light green to white when the plant is young, and turns very white as the plant matures, and especially after drying the leaves. The characteristic perfume of this plant is sweet and penetrating. Cut the leafy wands in the fall, semi-dry them, then tie into bundles for use during the winter.
Cultivation: Sow seeds in very sandy soil and water once daily. Our seed is from northern-hardy individuals and is a vigorous germinator--normal germ time 14 days.
Cultivate as an annual or bring indoors for winter. Winter survivability improves when the plant is surrounded by a deep mulch of sand at the crown--this keeps the crown warmer and drier. White sage loves a dry, sunny exposure.
Plant 2 feet apart. Rosette usually grows to 2 or 3 feet tall, and flowering spikes may reach 6 feet.
100 seeds/pkt. Organically grown