This sacred plant is the same one used by Native Americans in the southwestern US for spiritual cleansing rituals. Valued for its highly aromatic, volatile oils, its leafy branches are traditionally dried upside-down, bundled together, and wrapped with thread to make smudge sticks.
New leaves unfurl with a crinkly texture and grayish-green color. As they develop and mature, the foliage smooths and takes on a silvery-white sheen with a lightly fuzzy finish.
Earning its species name—roughly 'for the bees' in Latin—the tall spikes of white flowers beckon bees of all kinds. In ideal conditions, Smudge sage may grow up to 5 feet tall and wide. Hardy in zones 8-10, but note that this desert plant resents excessive water.
Heirloom Non-GMO American grown seeds US Native Wildflower USDA Zones: 7-12 (can be grown as a potted plant and protected from frost in other regions)