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.


Endemic to California.


Between 0 and 3000 feet


Chaparral, Foothill Woodland


Dry slopes