Lepechinia fragrans

Island pitcher sage

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional, Regular
Height X Width: 5' X 5'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Island pitcher sage is endemic to a few counties of southern California and the Channel Islands. It grows in an upright, open form. The leaves are a light green and covered with hairs that lend the plant a soft appearance. The leaves are fragrant to the touch. The large tubular flowers – reminiscent of foxglove – are pendent and lavender in color. Island pitcher sage does well in sun or partial shade. In partial shade it will do quite well with no supplemental summer water once established. It may live longer as well. The plant may be pruned hard in the mid-winter to encourage fresh growth.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen