Native to the mountains of southern California, this woody perennial with greenish-grey leaves is used by Native Americans for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. Has large flowers, averaging 3/4" long, white, sometimes spotted with lavender. Because it may not bloom every year, the seed is sometimes in short supply. Makes a nice ornamental shrub in southern dry regions, and a tender perennial in the North. Very aromatic and good for smudging. Excellent honey plant. (Salvia apiana)
Medicinal: For spiritual purification. Also astringent, and anti-bacterial. Useful for colds.
Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 6-9. Germinates at 70°F in 7-14 days. It can take up to 35 days for all seeds to germinate. Direct sow or transplant in spring. Full sun. Grows 18-36" tall, or larger in the south. Space 18-36" apart in well-drained soil.
Packet: 0.15 - approximately 105 seeds