White Sage (Salvia apiana) in the Salvias Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia apiana Accepted
Salvia apiana var. compacta Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Spread: 3-5 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Fragrant
Other: Waxy gray
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Other: White flowers that are dotted with lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Other
Inflorescence Height: 4-5 feet
Foliage Mound Height: 2-3 feet
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Erosion control
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: 10-14 days, but may be erratic even under best conditions, helps to treat seed with smoke or GA-3
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow
Suitable for wintersowing
Other info: Germination may be helped by treating the seeds with Giberellic Acid (GA-3) or Smoke Treatment. Outplant in fall.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Other: S.apiana is propagated more easily from seeds than from cuttings, however s. apiana has also been known to cross with salvia leucophylla and salvia clevelandii
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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White Sage (Salvia apiana) was a featured
Plant of the Day for December 26, 2015.

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Location: Albuquerque, NM Zone 7bDate: 09.23.2017Whole plant, S. apiana
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Location: Albuquerque, NM Zone 7bDate: 08.01.2017Leaves have pungeant intoxicating aroma
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Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Sub-Tropical Southern CaliforniaDate: 2012-05-05
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Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook CaliforniaDate: 2013-04-17
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-24
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Photo: Roger Culos / Wikipedia
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Date: 2020-04-20
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Credit: Stan Shebs / Wikipedia
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2009-06-17
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2012-01-22
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Location: Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, CaliforniaDate: 2010-09-22
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-04-28
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-10
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-05-10
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Location: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaDate: 2014-01-29
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Date: 2014-07-02
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Location: In overwintering station. Date: 2015-04-30The only one that made it through the winter. Super excited that
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Date: 2015-07-07 @ 6:38pmJust transplanted into a new clay pot,
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Comments:
Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 4:16 PM

"Salvia apiana (White sage, bee sage, or sacred sage in English, qaashil to the Luiseno, shlhtaay or pilhtaay to the Kumeyaay, kasiile to the Tongva, we'wey to the Chumash, qas'ily to the Cahuilla, shaltai to the Paipai, lhtaay to the Cochimi) is an evergreen perennial shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, found mainly in the coastal sage scrub habitat of Southern California and Baja California, on the western edges of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

S. apiana is a shrub that reaches 4.3 to 4.9 ft tall and 4.3 ft wide. The whitish evergreen leaves have oils and resins that release a strong aroma when rubbed. The flowers are very attractive to bees, which is described by the specific epithet, apiana. Several 3.3 to 4.3 ft flower stalks, sometimes pinkish colored, grow above the foliage in the spring. Flowers are white to pale lavender.

White sage is a common plant that requires well-drained dry soil, full sun, and little water. The plant occurs on dry slopes in coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and yellow-pine forests of Southern California to Baja California at less than 4,900 ft elevation.

S. apiana prefers a sunny location, well draining soil, and good air circulation. It easily hybridizes with other Salvia species, particularly Salvia leucophylla and Salvia clevelandii.

Bumblebees, hawk moths, and wasps pollinate white sage, and hummingbirds also appear to like the plant."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 26, 2013 7:56 AM

This plant is suitable for dry conditions, especially where winters are dry. Stems can turn black and die if the plant is too wet. The entire plant is very likely to die if wet conditions are prolonged. In areas with summer humidity, White Sage is not likely to be successful.

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Posted by MotherRaphaela (Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery NY: (Otego) - Zone 4b) on Sep 23, 2014 6:13 PM

White sage is one of the plants I have to grow in a pot indoors to get it through the winter in Zone 4b. I keep it pruned way back (harvesting the leaves helps with that) and it seems to do well -- as long as it never sits with "wet feet!"

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