White Sage is a plant which belongs to the Salvia genus.
This is the plant used for ‘smudge sticks’ in new age shops, reportedly it cleanses/purifies energy – places, things, and people. Unfortunately it is being overharvested in the wild. Difficult to grow from seed, but once established it clones well. Very aromatic, and great for xeriscaping.
It also contains a variety of oils that have potential medicinal use (including cineole), but there hasn’t been much research on it.
The seeds can be ground up for food, and the leaves (and roots) also used to make a tea.
Leaves appear approximately as a Pale silver
A type of flowering edible herb, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).
White Sage is known for growing to a height of approximately 2.96 feet (that's 91.0 cm in metric) with a forb habit.
White Sage is a great plant to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.
United States is believed to be where White Sage originates from.
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about White Sage have been kindly provided by our members.
Minimal water, no fertlizing or soil amenders – it prefers to be left alone once established.
Be careful when growing it near other salvias, it will hybridize.
White Sage likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly.
See our list of companion Plants for White Sage to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Poor germination rates – hard to grow from seed. Order plenty if you want to go that route.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing White Sage about 84 days before your last frost date .
Southern California native so the nursery instructions were: do NOT amend the soil, do NOT over water. Put it in well draining soil, on a bank is great. It can tolerate both clay and rocky soil, and somewhere right in the middle is best. Water about once a week until established. You will know it’s established when a hot spell no longer causes the leaves to droop. If the leaves droop, it needs a wee bit of water. Once it is established, ignore it and it will be happy. I mixed in a bit of sand to my clay soil since they do like drainage.
For leaves, harvest only once plant is well-established. Cut off a few branches, hang upside down to dry.
These estimates for how long White Sage takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 8 days | Min 6 days | Max 15 days (4)
Average 26 days | Min 12 days | Max 63 days (3)
Average days | Min days | Max days (0)
Our when to plant White Sage estimates are relative to your last frost date.
It grows wild on the Kumeyaay tribal land in Eastern San Diego county. The Kumeyaay use it in religous ceremonies, seem to be burning it pretty frequently for spiritual reasons, and it smells fabulous. Really a gorgeous plant.
Native to California and Mexico.
Planting instructions came from Hunter’s Nursery (family owned since 1919) in Spring Valley, CA.