Sage, White (Salvia apiana) seeds, organic

(8 customer reviews)

$2.95$49.10

Family:  Mint (Lamiacea)

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

(Sacred White Sage) 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.  The smoke purifies the surroundings–it is good to smudge the sickroom or to smudge after intense human  interactions, and of course before and during prayer sessions.  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.

Packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~600 seeds
5 g contains ~3,000 seeds
10 g contains ~6,000 seeds

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  1. Question

    Amber Finch

    I was curious if white sage can be grown strictly indoors? I live in a desert climate that can get (in summer) in the 100s to (in winter) sometimes below 20s.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      It can be grown indoors, but prefers greenhouse treatment over the coffee table.

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    Claire

    Can white sage be successfully grown as an annual? Zone 4

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, growing the plant as an annual is a good option. Start early indoors, transplant out only after the ground is truly warmed up, and employ microsite technique–south side of a building or rock wall, very fast-draining soil. I grew one this way this year and it is now in gorgeous flower, with heavy branches to a height of 3 feet. r

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    Nicole H.

    Hello! I’m very skeptical about buying on websites I never heard of before. I live in Mississippi, can’t find white sage seeds anywhere.

    How do I know this website isn’t a scam? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Nicole, I suggest you get a copy of our paper catalogue and check us on facebook. Scam websites are not backed up by paper catalogues. Our new harvest white sage is now in stock. I did an interesting planting comparison on this, to determine what methods work best, and so stay tuned for that. Cheers, Richo

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    • Rain

      Can this seed, when grown, produce seeds for replanting for future?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, these plants are self-fertile and open-pollinated. That said, it really does make sense to grow a reasonably large population for the purpose of seed saving. The vitality of the progeny is increased, as is seed germ rate. r

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  4. Question

    Sue (verified owner)

    Hi! I just ordered a packet of white sage seeds. I’m thinking of starting them in a cactus medium. What size pot do I start them in? My intent is to grow this plant, harvest and dry the leaves for smudging. Any other tips/advise?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      A gallon size pot filled with cactus mix, and the seeds sprinkled on the top, left in very warm and very light area, should produce some seedlings. You can work them up in successively larger pots in the usual manner and plant out to full sun and fast draining soil. Harvest is in the fall of the first year, and then again in the midspring of the second year. Partially dry the leaves and then bundle.

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  5. Jacquelin Pauciello

    Fast delivery!

    Jacquelin Pauciello (verified owner)

    Super quick delivery very pleased so far, will update when I plant them! Thanks! 🙂

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    • Eliza West

      Please explain what is meant on the package “fire treatment improves germ rate”?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Eliza, You plant the seeds in sand and stimulate them with a flash-fire, then they come up through the ashes. not necessary, though, planting in sand with warmth and strong light will give ~20% germ within 10 days. If you need more info on fire treatment, check “The Medicinal Herb Grower.” r

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    • Phyllis Crearyphylliswatsoncreary

      Will these plants grow in the mountains of North Carolina?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Phyllis, Nadja had one in Greensboro for years. White sage is a touchy plant at first but once it gets established will live on and on. I live outside the native range and preferred zone and have had one flowering at my door every summer for 2 decades…
      Richo

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    • ricardo

      what are the shipping fees for seeds to
      Brazil?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      I’m sorry to say we can’t ship to Brazil. Everything we have sent there has come back to us with a “biosecurity” document attached.

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    • yolanda

      do you ship to canada

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, and the new seed harvest is in stock!

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    • Barbara Hamilton

      Hi can you ship to New Zealand

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Yes.

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    • krish kumar

      Could you ship to India ?

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    • Judy

      Judy

      We do ship seeds internationally.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Krish,
      We will try, but success rates for shipping to India are very low.
      Richo

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    • Rose

      Hello Richo. Where do you source your seeds? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Here on our farm in Williams, Oregon, certified organically grown by Oregon Tilth.

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    Liza Devine

    what are the shipping fees for seeds to
    France?

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      Richo Cech

      $13.90 USD

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  7. One person found this helpful
    Martina

    Martina

    good day, I need the seeds of salvia apiana, can you send me to Slovakia? Unfortunately, it is not possible to buy it here. total amount?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      We ship white sage (Salvia apiana) seed internationally. Please order online at this website. r

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    • J. D

      I live in Indiana and want to start planting now for sage burning…what is your advice it is now fall here and it gets chilly so I know I need to keep them inside?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello J.D.,
      Unless you have benches and lights set up, then wait until spring to plant. And, regarding your other question about “Do you plant the whole packet? Or just one seed?” I am really glad you asked that. Most people who complain to me about zero germination are doing just that (they tell me so)–putting one seed in the middle of a pot–nobody who knows much about planting rare and recalcitrant botanicals plants that way, and it almost always ends in great disappointment–instead you plant the entire packet in the right conditions and then you achieve critical mass and good results occur. Richo

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  8. Shellie Petty

    Shellie Petty

    Would love to hear the success rate of people planting in the desert Southwest.

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Shellie,
      Well, White Sage belongs in the desert southwest (genecenter E. San Diego County) so success rates are good!
      Richo

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  9. Anna Marello

    Anna Marello (verified owner)

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

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  10. 3 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    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

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    • Cristina Shih

      Can I grow in the Northeast? and harvest the same year?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Cristina,
      White sage can be grown throughout the US. As an annual, the yield is not much. You could jump for a plant, that would get you there a lot faster.
      Richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      somewhat flattened, beige, about 3 mm.

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    • hunterdunford

      When starting seeds in Ohio should the pot be brought in during a rainstorm, or will it be alright? I know these are native to San Diego California, not sure how often it rains there. Thank you.

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello, The best approach is to plant seeds in sand and keep very warm and in intense light and water once daily. Rainstorms count for a watering. When done correctly, some results will show within a week or so.
      Richo

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    • Angela

      I live in Ky ahould I add sand to the clay we have here and plant or should it do fine in Red clay

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Angela,
      Love Kentucky. You would have to prepare a desert bed on the south side of a building and work in lots of clay and white pumice and then surround the plants with more sand, a couple of inches worth at least.
      Richo

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