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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
Summer Dry: 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.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Salvia apiana.
 
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