white sage Lamiaceae Salvia
apiana Jepson symbol: SAAP2
Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, narrowly elliptical to lanceolate in shape, to 3 inches in length; woolly-tomentose and gray-green above and below; aromatic.
Flower: Species is monoecious; white to very light purple-pink, in whorls borne on an 8 inch spike; individual flowers to 1/2 inch with long pistils and stamens extending beyond the pea-like coralla; very aromatic; appearing during the summer.
Fruit: Small shiny nutlets borne in husks.
Twig: Red-brown to gray-brown and pale-tomentose.
Form: A rounded straggling shrub to five feet tall with arching branches that root where they touch the ground.
Looks like: fragrant sage - purple sage - black sage - rockrose
Additional Range Information: Salvia apiana is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting white sage.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)