From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Salvia apiana
Common Name: White Sage
- Important Native American ceremonial plant. Flower stalks are tall and arching, up to six feet long. Striking white foliage and beautiful structural form. A local native. Tolerates heavy soil. Bees love it.
- Plant Family: Lamiaceae
- Plant Type: Perennial
- Height by Width: 3-5' H x 4-6' W (flower spike to 6'+)
- Growth Habit: Rounded
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
- Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring/Summer
- Flower Color: White
- Endangered?: Not listed
- Distribution: Coastal Southern California to desert margins, Baja
- Natural Habitat: Dry slopes in Coastal Sage Scrub, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest below 5000'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Distinctive by its tall spikes of white flowers on erect stems. Large handsome silvery leaves. Makes a very pleasing color contrast when used with other shrubbery. Stands heat and drought, but will also thrive under ordinary garden culture. It makes a very attractive subject in a garden where a note of gray foliage is desired. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.