Mexican Pitcher Sage

Lepechinia hastata

Very attractive to both people and hummingbirds, Mexican pitcher sage puts on a stunning display from August through October. It has a nice aroma, is heat and drought tolerant, seemingly deer resistant, and amazingly hardy. This genus was named for the 18th century Russian physician, naturalist, and explorer, Ivan Ivanovich Lepechin.

Water: Drought Tolerant

Hardiness: Very Frost Hardy

Habit: An evergreen to semi-evergreen sub-shrub 4 to 6' tall and spreading slowly by underground rhizomes to at least as wide, with pleasantly aromatic leaves and magenta sage-like flowers

Light: Sun or Shade

Soil: Very floriferous and happy in poor soil with good drainage

Origin: Baja California and Baja California Sur

Additional Characteristics: California Native, Deer Resistant

Mexican Pitcher Sage