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Salvia apiana

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White Sage (Salvia apiana) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Salvia apiana

Salvia apiana

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White Sage (Salvia apiana) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Salvia apiana foliage

Salvia apiana foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  30 inches

Flower Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Bee Sage

Description:

An interesting cultivar of salvia producing fuzzy gray-green foliage; tiny white blooms in spring are not highly visible; a beautiful foliage addition to borders or containers and a magnet for pollinating bees

Ornamental Features

White Sage's attractive tomentose narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. It features dainty spikes of white flowers with lavender spots rising above the foliage from mid to late spring. The flowers are excellent for cutting. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Sage will grow to be about 30 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

White Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features