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Salvia apiana – also known as White Sage, Bee Sage, or Sacred Sage

Salvia Alpine which is also known as White Sage, Bee Sage, or Sacred Sage is an evergreen perennial and a herb which can grow up to a height of 2-5 feet. It has leaves that are smooth and white and the flowers that are borne are white to pale lavender in color and they bloom from late April to early June. The leaves are gray green in color when small and become white on growth and have oils and resins which release a strong aroma when rubbed. This plant is a Native to Southern California and the Northern Baja region.
This plant needs full sun and grows in hardy zones of 7-11. It prefers clay to loamy soil. It likes dry conditions.
It is attracted to many wildlife species like bumblebees, hummingbirds, wasps and hawk moths. It is also known as bee sage because bumble bees like this plant. These herbs are used as incense and insect repellants. It is known to help skin and throat infections to cure and its ingestion helps digestive tract and respiratory illness as well as women’s health. It is used to make tea and it helps to decrease sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs.
Its seeds can be made flour and used to make porridge and its leaves are used as flavoring in cooking. Leaves are eaten, smoked and used as a remedy for colds and as eye lotion to cleanse and mixed in as a shampoo, dye and a straightener. It is used as a border and an ornamental plant. It is ideal for butterfly gardens.

Growing conditions of Salvia apiana:

• This plant needs full sun.
• It grows in hardy zones of 7-11.
• It is preferable the location be beside a rock wall or beside the house for the warmth.
• This plant needs warmth and so plant it after the last frost in the spring.
• The sage should be sown in March in a pot.
• A hole of one foot square need to dig and it should be at least 6 inches in depth.
• Clear the hole from other roots etc.
• Place the compost in the hole at the bottom about an inch.
• Above the compost add pebbles to ensure draining.
• Above the pebbles one inch of sand should be spread.
• Now add the soil and add water of about one quarter.
• Repeat the layer until the hole is full.
• Now make a hole of about two inches deep and 3 inches square.
• Place the white sage plant in it.
• Push the soil and cover the roots until about one inch of stem is covered.
• Water this plant on alternate days for a week.
• This plant likes dry conditions.
• Pinch off the top of the stem to ensure new growth after 4 weeks.

Care for Salvia apiana:

• The sage should be sown in March.
• Wash the seeds initially but not later.
• Transplant the seedlings at the end of the April.
• Add compost while planting.
• This plant needs about an hour of sunshine minimum daily.
• Prune the old leaves in the fall season.

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