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Plant Database Search Results > Salvia apiana
 
Salvia apiana - White Sage
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
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 of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Salvia apiana .
 
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