Color: White to pale lavender
Common name: White Sage
Latin name: Salvia apiana
Height:< 3 feet
Description: The flowers are very attractive to bees, which is described by the specific epithet, apiana. Several flower stalks, sometimes pinkish colored, grow above the foliage in the spring.
Leaf: The whitish evergreen leaves have oils and resins that release a strong aroma when rubbed. They are generally basal, 4–8 cm, widely lanceolate with a tapered base and minute teeth.
Range: w edge Desert, South Coast, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges
Habitat: Common. Dry slopes, coastal-sage scrub, chaparral, yellow-pine forest
Elevation: generally < 1500 m.
Flowering time: May–Aug
Notes: Salvia apiana, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders.
Horticulture: Salvia apiana: Given excellent drainage (modification of compacted or other water-holding soils may be necessary), absence of frequent summer water (distance from water-loving plants), and full or nearly full sun (tolerates summer afternoon sun), grows especially well in zones 7, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 and also in zones 8, 9, 11, and 17. Especially good for stabilizing or restoring disturbed or degraded areas. May be less suitable for general garden use.
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