Lepechinia calycina
Lepichinia calycinaLepichinia calycina

Lepechinia calycina

Pitcher sage

This semi-evergreen shrub grows to 3′ tall and 4-5′ wide and is best known for its soft and hairy, strongly fragrant leaves and long racemes of showy white flowers blushed with lavender.

Plant performs beautifully when massed along a path with California poppies, Blue-eyed grass, and Mules ears.

This plant is drought tolerant, but needs good drainage.  Plant in sun to partial shade.

 

Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Water: Dry, Light
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Other: Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

 

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Additional Information

Ecological Value

Provides nectar for hummingbirds.

Historical Uses

The Miwok used an extract of the leaves of this plant to treat fever and headache.

Distribution

Endemic to California.

Elevation

Between 0 and 3000 feet

Communities

Chaparral, Foothill Woodland

Habitat

Dry slopes