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Salvia apiana – White Sage (seed)

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A North American Salvia species which was used by American Indians as a smudging herb. Leaves can be harvested, dried and used alone or bundled with other herbs as a purifying and cleansing smudge stick. The species name refers to the bee-attracting properties of the flowers (apiana from apiary). Salvia apiana contains thujone, a compound found in many other plants including Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) and thought to be psychoactive.

Care and Cultivation of Salvia apiana

Salvia apiana seed can be sown in autumn/spring. Lightly cover with soil and keep moist until they begin to germinate. It may be necessary to use a fungicide to prevent damping off at the seedling stage (if you’re into using fungicides). Sow in a full sun to part shade position but move to full sun shortly after first true leaves appear. Salvia apiana likes a well drained position and will not stand water logging. Drought tolerant. Smoke treatment also assists germination, buy some here.

20 seeds per packet


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