OH Native to the southwestern United Sates and northwestern Mexico, White Sage ( 2m height when flowering), is an evergreen perennial shrub of exquisite beauty. The whitish green leaves have oils and resins that release a strong aroma when rubbed or burned. The flowers are loved by bees, hence its Latin species name apiana. It is most known in the form of a smudge stick used by Native American tribes in various purification rituals. Also, it is used medicinally and as a food. An infusion of the leaves can be used to treat colds or put into sweat baths. The seeds have been added to traditional Native American dishes such as pinole.
Sow in trays in Spring/Summer, DO NOT COVER SEEDS, as they require light to germinate. Prick out to pots when true leaves appear. Transplant into garden when a healthy root system develops at 40cm diagonal spacing. Perennial plant that requires free draining soil and full sun. This plant historically is hard to germinate, with low germination in fresh seed.