A very special and sacred sage in many cultures, White Sage has many uses including repelling insects, freshening the aroma of a room or practicing the sacred practice of smudging. Much loved by bees as well, hence its specific epiphet “apiana”. Please be respectful of indigenous practices and traditions if you choose to use this herb in a tradition that is not your own. Hardy to around 15° F. if winters are dry enough, otherwise can easily be grown in a pot with well-draining soil.
Latin Name: Salvia apiana
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-draining soil.
Hardiness: Hardy to 15° F.
Size at Maturity: 2 ft in height by 2-4 feet wide.
Bloom Time: Spring
Pests & Diseases: No pests or diseases that we’ve seen on our plants here in Portland
USDA Zone: 8b