White Sage

This is an in situ photograph of a common Native American smudging herb known as Salvia apiana, or White Sage.  Used extensively throughout the United States both as an herbal therapy as well as garden element.

Salvia apiana

Sacred Sage
White Sage (Wiktionary)



white sage (usually uncountable, plural white sages)

  1. A sage native to southern California and neighboring Baja California west of the desert, Salvia apiana, an important nectar source for sage honey and used by the local Indians for its edible seeds, medicinally, and for burning to provide smoke for ritual purification in ceremonies. It is also grown as a drought-tolerant small shrub in local gardens.


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