Lepechinia hastata

Baja pitcher sage

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



This is one of several plants in my inventory that originates from Baja California. The Baja pitcher sage grows naturally in the Sierra La Laguna in the Cape region at the very southern tip of the peninsula. It’s interesting to note that it also is found on Socorro Island, some 250 miles south of the Cape. Baja pitcher sage grows in an open fountain form to a height of about five feet, with stalks of large arrowhead shaped leaves topped with whirls of magenta flowers. It looks something like a blend of hummingbird sage, Salvia spathacea, and fragrant pitcher sage, Lepechinia fragrans. Like Salvia spathacea, Baja pitcher sage will slowly spread via rhizomes. Baja pitcher sage appreciates well-draining soil and some protection from the afternoon sun in inland locations. Although it hails from sub-tropical region, it is tolerant to temperatures as low as 20F, perhaps lower. Cut back drastically in the winter to encourage fresh growth.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen