New Front Yard: California white sage

05/24/2014 12:00 AM

05/31/2014 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.

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