Photos Loading
previous next
  • Nikhil Joshi

    California white sage (Salvia apiana) has fragrant white blooms in spring. Those flowers are a bee magnet.

  • Nikhil Joshi

    New Front Yard: California white sage (Salvia apiana) has become a popular shrub in water-wise gardens.

New Front Yard: California white sage

Published: Saturday, May. 24, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 31, 2014 - 6:58 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

California white sage

Salvia apiana

Size: Under 4 feet.

Bloom season: Spring.

Pruning needs: Remove old flower stalks once a year.

Exposure: Full sun.

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: This native will get your home garden buzzing. With its gray-green leaves, this California sage makes an attractive shrub in water-wise gardens. The easy-care shrub contains fragrant oils in its leaves. The white flowers in spring attract pollinating bees. You can see specimens in the arboretum’s Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on the New Front Yard, click on

More online

See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at

Sacramento Bee Job listing powered by
Quick Job Search
Sacramento Bee Jobs »
Used Cars
Dealer and private-party ads


Price Range:
Search within:
miles of ZIP

Advanced Search | 1982 & Older