White Sage (Salvia apiana)
The beautiful white foliage of this indigenous plant sets off the silver-blue flowering spikes. This sage is the most highly valued and revered of all North American Sages; it is often burned ceremonially to cleanse the surrounding space while lifting the spirit in preparation for spiritual workings. Sage can further be used to promote wisdom, mental clarity, build emotional strength, and call in good luck.
White sage can also be used in a variety of culinary ways as all parts of the plant are edible. The leaves can be used to season meats, vegetables, seafood, and added to baking recipes. The seeds can be used to make a flour or mush for cornmeal. This sage may present a flavor that is considered slightly peppery and savory.
The 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.
Cultivation: Sow seeds in very sandy soil and water once daily. Our seeds are from northern-hardy individuals, and it is a vigorous germinator with the average germination time being approximately 14 days.
Cultivate as an annual, or you can bring indoors for winter as a perennial. Winter survivability improves when a deep mulch of sand surrounds the plant at the crown; this keeps the crown warmer and drier. White sage loves dry, sunny exposure.
Plant 2 feet apart. The rosette usually grows to 2 or 3 feet tall, and flowering spikes may reach 6 feet.
Packet of 100 organic White Sage (Salvia apiana) seeds.