Family: Lamiaceae

Scientific Name: Salvia apiana

Common Name: White Sage, Bee Sage


White Sage (Salvia apiana) Has white leaves that contains aromatic oils and resins, popular for use as incense. Tolerates dry conditions and can be grown as an xeric plant.

Plant TypePerennial Tender
Hardiness Zone(8)9
Moisturelow, tolerates dry once established, doesn't like winter wettness
Soil & Sitewell drained, poor
Temperaturetolerates 20-25 degrees F
Flowerson tall scapes, tiny pale lavender / white flowers, bees are attract to the flowers, hence the name Bee Sage
Leavessoft, gray white, contains aromatic oils and resins, popular for use as incense.
Stemsherbaceous from a woody base, hollow, pinkish
Dimensions3-4 feet in native sites by up to 8 foot spread
Native SiteA native evergreen salvia to southern California commonly found in coastal sage scrub and chaparral.
Misc FactsThe genus "apiana" refers to the bees liking this plant.. AKA: California White Sage, Sacred Sage
Notes & Reference#87-The New Book of Salvias (Betsy Clebsch), #147-The Gardeners Guide to growing Salvias (John Sutton), #156-San Marcos Growers web site (
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