Sage 'White'

Zones: 8-11
Exposure: Full Sun
Mature Size: 36"H x 12"S
Bloom: White, Summer
Pot Size: 3.25”
Availability: Order NOW... SHIPS in Spring!

Minimum Order - ANY TWO plants

Product Features

  • Medicinal
  • Deer Resistant
  • Aroma
  • Pollinator
  • Indoor
  • White Sage Plants

    Salvia apiana

    Also known as ‘Bee Sage’ for its attractiveness to bees and other pollinators, White Sage is an evergreen perennial shrub native to both the Southwest United States and Northwest Mexico. This tough plant blooms for over a month in late April to June, and leaves can be harvested in summer or fall when the white-leaved rosettes are at their prime.

    Remember, success with this plant requires: lots of heat, light and well draining soil. It is a desert native, so it will not like humidity.

    Though its use in ceremonies dates back to the ancient Babylonians, White Sage is still an important ceremonial herb among Native Americans who use it for healing, cleansing and purification rituals. Made into an incense or cleansing stick, White Sage's aromatic smoke is thought to purify areas, objects and people of evil spirits and negative energy.

    This medicinal herb has traditionally been used to cure everything from colds to snakebites, as the plant's natural antibacterial and decongestant agents help boost the immune system and rid the body of infection. When taken in tea form, White Sage offers a soothing cure for indigestion, sore throats, ulcers and also acts as a fever reducer. Historically, new mothers also drank Bee Sage Tea to encourage healing and strength after childbirth, though this has been discouraged by modern medicine when it was realized that White Sage may also decrease lactation production. Today, White Sage is still revered as a sort of "wonder" herb for its medicinal qualities and has even been approved by the USDA as a natural cure for eczema and other skin problems. Currently, the herb is being studied for its ability to aid the body in managing insulin levels, which could be a huge win in the battle against diabetes.

    White Sage is also a terrific culinary herb and though not used as commonly as its cousin, Garden Sage, it shares a similar, savory taste. Used to season meats, stews, breads and more, White Sage is a wonderful herb to cook with and will add immune boosting vitamins and minerals to your dish.
  • Salvia apiana

    Characteristics: White Sage grows in a bush-like habit with thick, rosette stems and dusty gray-green foliage.
    Light: Plant in full sun for optimal growth. White Sage is native to the arid, desert-like areas of the Southwest and Mexico, so it loves lots of heat, light and well draining soil.
    Water: White Sage is drought tolerant, but still needs to be watered thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch.
    Soil: As with most other herbs, White Sage needs well draining soil.
    Use: A versatile herb, White Sage is used medicinally as an aid for digestion, congestion and a fever reducer, as an external cure for eczema. Current studies suggest it may aid in managing insulin levels for diabetics. Also a sacred herb to many cultures, including many Native American tribes across the nation, White Sage is used in purification and healing ceremonies. It is also commonly used in incense or cleansing sticks to cleanse areas of negative energy. Additionally, this "wonder" herb can be used as a flavorful culinary herb and natural pest repellant.
  • Uses for White Sage Plants

    How to Make a White Sage Cleansing Stick

    The most important point: use White Sage (Salvia Apiana) or another appropriate herb when making a Cleansing Stick as there are many herbs that can be either 1) toxic or 2) set off an allergic reaction or simply 3) does not burn well. Harvest nice large, healthy leaves in the early AM on a clear and dry day. Pick enough leaves for a nice, fat bundle and try to harvest similarly sized leaves (the larger the better).

    • Bundle the leaves together, pressing tightly
    • Tie a sturdy knot around the stem end, leaving a long 'tail'
    • Remember to use a natural twine, a material that will burn easily (embroidery thread is a good choice)
    • Wrap your bundle from top to bottom, and then from bottom to top so that you end up with a zig-zag pattern
    • Wind the string around the top of the bundle and leave another 'tail' on the opposite end of your stick
    • Tie the 2 'tails' together to create a handle, and hang your White Sage Cleansing Stick in a dry, dark and moisture-free place until it is completely dried

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