Salvia apiana is a shrub that reaches 1.3 to 1.5 metres (4.3 to 4.9 ft) tall and 1.3 metres (4.3 ft) wide. It is in flower from April to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by bees. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The flowers are very attractive to bees, which is described by the specific epithet, apiana. Several 1 to 1.3 metres (3.3 to 4.3 ft) flower stalks, sometimes pinkish colored, grow above the foliage in the spring. Flowers are white to pale lavender.


Prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) soils and well-drained soil, but will also tolerate clay soils (as long as they don’t get water logged in winter). Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade.
Does best when planted in full sun.  Can tolerate temperatures down to between -5 and -12°c.


Over-harvest of wild white sage populations is a concern held by many Native American groups and conservationists. Over harvesting is negatively affecting the wild population and distribution of white sage. This is why is important that we grow our own white sage, rather than contributing to an existing problem.