Herb, Sacred White Sage (Salvia Apiana) - Cultural Seeds

Herb, Sacred White Sage (Salvia Apiana)

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  • Family:  Mint (Lamiacea)
  • Hardy to Zones 7 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and protected from frost
  • Certified Organically Grown, Non-GMO, Open Pollinated
  • This is the most highly valued and revered of all North American Sages, burned ceremonially to cleanse the spirit and welcome positive thoughts.  Probably the most popular of all plants for smudging, the leaves dry down almost white and burns with intense smoke. 

Cultivation and harvest:  White sage prefers sandy soil in the full sun. Plants grow quickly during the summer and may be trimmed back in the fall after flowering is complete. Scarify seeds on fine-grit sandpaper, sow seeds in very sandy soil, barely cover, tamp well, keep warm and in strong light and water only once daily until germination. Our seed is from northern-hardy individuals and is a vigorous germinator–normal germ time 14 days in warm and light conditions. Winter survivability improves when the plant is surrounded by a deep mulch of sand at the crown–this keeps the crown warmer and drier. Winter survival is also encouraged by planting on the south side of a building, where it gets reflected light and protection.  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart.