Chia Pet Seeds - Knowledgebase Question

Yorba Linda, CA
Question by AMcCAUL
November 18, 1997
I am trying to find Chia Pet replacement seeds. The type of seed is "Salvia Columbariae." Can you recommend another type of seed?


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Answer from NGA
November 18, 1997

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The common name for Salvia columbariae is actually Chia! Salvia is a member of the sage family. Chia is an ornamental sage with the potential to grow four feet high with 1" to 4" leaves! It never gets quite that large on a Chia Pet because there's no room for the roots to grow. Here are a couple of sources for seed:

Wild Seed, Inc. Native Seeds/SEARCH
PO Box 27751 2509 No.Campbell Ave. #325
Tempe, AZ 85285 Tucson, AZ 85719
602/345-0669 520/327-9123

An herb like sage is a good choice for a Chia Pet because, if eaten, it's non-toxic.

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