Salvia apiana (white sage)
Salvia Apiana, White Sage
Tongva - kasili
Kumeyaay - pellytaay
Chumash - khapshikh
Cahuilla - qas'ily
Serrano - qaaq
A fragrant evergreen perennial that grows up to five feet tall and eight feet wide. The foliage is silver with soft, gray-white leaves of white. The white flowers with a little lavender bloom April through July. This sage can take up to three years to reach a mature size.
The leaves are commonly used for incense. Drop one in a glass of cool water each day, or make a calming tea.
Apiana requires no pruning but you can remove the older flower stalks as they bloom out.
- Plant in full sun to light shade
- Best in well-drained soil, tolerates sand and clay
- Attracts birds, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
- Hardy up to 15 degrees
- Native to California