Sage White is a perennial shrub native to the Southern West Coast of the United States. 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).
Can reach between 90 -120 cm tall, but when in flower, plant stalks can reach almost 2.5m. It may take multiple years for plants to reach this height, but soil type and climate helps the plant reach its ideal. It is also drought tolerant. In fact, over-watering can kill plants.
May require some protection from hard frosts in cool areas to get through winter. Alternatively can be grown as an annual.
Sow: late September to January, plant after risk of frost has passed (Cool Climate). 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.
Note this species has naturally low germination rates (10-20%). Sow the whole packet in sandy soil and be patient – may take 30 to 40 days to germinate (do not over water).
Spacing – 30cm.