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Ornamentals


Shrub- California White Sage

White Sage photo by FarOutFlora
Common Name: California White Sage, Bee Sage

Botanical Name: Salvia apiana

Family: Lamiaceae

Description: Evergreen shrub native to California

Sun: Full Sun

Water requirements: No extra water required

Soil requirements: Good drainage

Habit and form: 2-5 feet tall perennial shrub with aromatic silver, elliptical leaves

White sage photo by Melissa Berard
Flower type: Flower clusters on spikes

Flower color and season of bloom: White flowers with lavender tinge; blooms in summer

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: Attractive to bumblebees and hummingbirds

Pruning time and method: Shear lightly after flowering to keep tidy. Save major pruning for late winter or early spring when growth is emerging from base of plant

Maintenance tips: Give good air circulation to avoid disease

Comments: Attractive at night, reflects moonlight

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