White sage needs well-drained dry soil, little water, and full sun to thrive on. It prefers to grow in sunny regions with good air circulation. It can be easily recognized in areas that provide ample sunlight such as fields and meadows. It easily interbreeds with different species of Salvia, such as Salvia leucophylla and Salvia clevelandii. In local Native American languages, White sage is also referred as, qaashil (Luiseño), shlhtaay or pilhtaay (Kumeyaay), kasiile(Tongva), we'wey (Chumash), qas'ily (Cahuilla), shaltai (Paipai), and lhtaay (Cochimí).