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 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.
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 in warm and light conditions. White sage prefers sandy soil in the full sun. Plants grow quickly during the summer and should be cut back in the fall after flowering is complete.
Note: White sage can be challenging to propagate from seed. It is important to scarify the seeds before you sow by gently rubbing them over fine-grit sandpaper to help with germination. Sow seeds in very sandy soil, barely cover, tamp well, keep warm, and in strong light and water only once daily until germination. Our seed is from northern-hardy individuals and is a vigorous germinator under proper conditions. Winter survivability improves when the plant is surrounded by a deep mulch of sand at the crown–this keeps the crown warmer and drier. Winter survival also encouraged by planting on the south side of a building, where it gets reflected light and protection. White sage loves dry, sunny exposure. Proper soil choice is imperative to the process for both propagation and mature plant health. Once established, white sage is extremely hardy. Please research propagation tips and recommendations prior to planting.
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. Hardy to zones 7 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and protected from frost.
Packet of 100 organic White Sage (Salvia apiana) seeds.