The white sage plant (Salvia apiana Jeps.) is native to California. It grows wild and may be picked in certain areas of the Golden State.

Identification

A member of the mint family Lamiaceae and the genus Salvia L., white sage is a perennial woody shrub. The USDA indicates that, as of October, 2010, the herb is discovered growing wild exclusively in eight counties located in the southern areas of California, with no distribution in the central or northern portion of the state.

Features

White sage stands out amidst the California landscape as a soft-stemmed, fragrant low-growing shrub with a collection of white-lavender flowers. It grows in two-feet high mounds with silvery foliage and five-feet tall flowering stalks.

Geography

The backcountry of Riverside and San Diego Counties, as well as San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange Counties, are ideal locations to pick wild white sage. The plant can also be found in Baja California.