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Sage, White (Salvia apiana), packet of 100 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiacea)

Hardy to Zones 9 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant and protected from frost

Woody perennial native to California.  White sage prefers sandy soil in the full sun. Probably the most popular of all plants for smudging, the leaves dry down almost white and burn with an intense smoke.  Plants grow quickly during the summer and may be trimmed back in the fall, after flowering is complete.  The beautiful white foliage of this indigenous plant sets off the silver-blue flowering spikes. This is the most highly valued and revered of all North American Sages, burned ceremonially to cleanse the spirit and welcome positive thoughts. Foliage is light green to white when the plant is young, and turns very white as the plant matures, and especially after drying the leaves. The characteristic perfume of this plant is sweet and penetrating. Cut the leafy wands in the fall, semi-dry them, then tie into bundles for use during the winter.  Scarify seeds on fine grit sandpaper, sow seeds in very sandy soil, barely cover, tamp well, keep warm and in strong light and water only once daily until germination. Our seed is from northern-hardy individuals and is a vigorous germinator–normal germ time 14 days in warm and light conditions. Winter survivability improves when the plant is surrounded by a deep mulch of sand at the crown–this keeps the crown warmer and drier. Winter survival also encouraged by planting on the south side of a building, where it gets reflected light and protection.  White sage loves a dry, sunny exposure. Plant 2 to 3 feet apart. Rosette usually grows to 2 or 3 feet tall, and flowering spikes may reach 6 feet.  Cut back in fall.

100 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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Reviews

  1. :

    Regarding “fire dependent” germination of white sage.  Several years ago we heard from white sage wild harvesters that seedlings of the plant were emerging after fire, so thus clued in, we tried building a fire on top of the flat after planting the seed, and sure enough, we did get good germination.  We also tried planting the seed by itself without the fire treatment, and we got germination doing that, too.  Over the course of several years, growing the plant and harvesting our own seed, we noticed a reduction in recalcitrance.  That is, the domesticated seeds were germinating at a higher rate and faster than the wild harvested seed.  So, given the high rates of germination we discontinued experimentation with fire treatment, and in fact I notice in the writeup above that there’s nothing about fire treatment in the planting instructions.  This is probably because a little information can be dangerous. (We had correspondence from people who literally charred the seed and then reported poor germination–this was not the kind of gentle fire treatment we had originally proposed, where in fact the seed was protected by a layer of soil between it and the flash fire.)  Recently (6 days ago, in fact) I took down a seeded raceme from the string we have stretched across the main beam of the seedhouse. There was an odd smell in the seedhouse, as someone was heating up some really smelly food.  I wanted to burn some white sage to clean up the vibes.  I stuck the end of the branch in a pot of soil and lit the branch with my lighter.  It went up in smoke, and seeds were popping out of the raceme and falling all over the cement floor.  So I swept them up and planted them.  It was the dark of the moon, more or less.  6 days later (today) the pot is full of new seedlings.  Now, that’s really fast germination for white sage seed, which usually takes (see above) 2 weeks to come up, not less than one week.  So we could say that the seed is STIMULATED by fire although it is not DEPENDENT on fire.  It is a good distinction to make, especially because some people like to play with fire and some people would rather not.  White sage is so giving, it serves BOTH kinds of people.  Richo

  2. (verified owner):

    I’ve received today my order of withe sage’s seeds. Thanks a lot for quickly Deliver!!

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