In Our Garden: Salvia Apiana, aka White Sage

Saliva is one of those plants I’m having a hard time differentiating. We have six varieties according to the invoices, and they all have gray-green or gray-white leaves and no flowers yet. The flowers may make it easier to tell them apart. I do know which is white sage because the landscaper pointed it out to me. However the invoice says we have five, while I can only find three. There are two other possibilities since I read that younger plants have crinkly gray-green leaves that change to smooth white(ish) leaves in the older plant. There are two plants in the front yard that I suspect might be white sage, but the leaves are crinkly. They are smaller plants than the three in the back yard, so perhaps they just youngling white sages. It’s not a perfect sign though, since some of the other salvias also have crinkly leaves.

Can you see why I’m having a hard time with this assignment?

White sage was (is?) used in Native American sweat lodges and is also the herb of choice for smudging. The pagans among you will know about that.

This plant attracts hummingbirds and bees, although I read it gives the bees “fits,” which is rather amusing. I’m looking forward to seeing that. I think this means they have a hard time getting the pollen, not actual fits. Anyway, it’s a pretty plant. Can’t wait to see the fowers!

Salvia Apiana, White Sage
Salvia Apiana, White Sage

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