Herbs Sage

White Sage
Herb Seed

Product ID: 2272
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Aromatic Native American incense herb.

We're sorry, this product has been discontinued and is no longer available. Used to make the smudge sticks common in Native American ceremonies. Bushy plants with thick stems and dusty gray-green foliage. Tender perennial in Zones 6-9.

• Good for bee forage in Zones 6-9 where plants overwinter and produce flowers in the second year.

Avg. 15,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C).

SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Start seeds 8 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds, 1/4" deep into individual containers, thinning to one plant per cell after germination. Transplant outside in the spring, spacing the plants 12-18" apart, in rows 18" apart.
Direct seed: Sow in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant seeds 1/4" deep, 1 seed every 2-3". Thin to stand 12-18" apart.


Will grow in most average to light, well-drained garden soils. Good drainage is essential for overwintering.




HARVEST: Individual leaves or branches can be harvested the first year once the plants have become established. In the second and subsequent years cut stems to within 6" of the base of the plant just as flowers are starting to open. Hang small bunches of white sage upside down to dry in a well-ventilated location out of direct sunlight.

Note: In areas where the temperature regularly falls below 10°F (-12°C), cut back and mulch the plants heavily in late fall or dig up, pot, and bring the plants inside to overwinter.

Once established, white sage can be propagated by making softwood cuttings in spring or early summer.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Salvia apiana

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Salvia apiana

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

80 - 90 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).

Tender Perennial

Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Attracts Beneficial Insects Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.

Grows Well in Containers Ideal for Drying and Crafts Attracts Beneficial Insects