Fragrant pitcher sage

Lepechinia fragrans


Known as the Fragrant pitcher sage, this rambling perennial is a top choice for shady areas among other California natives and to attract hummingbirds. It grows up to 3-5 ft. tall and 3-6 ft. wide, is covered with fine hairs for a fuzzy character, and produces colorful dark to light purple flowers in the spring. Crushed foliage releases a pleasing fragrant scent.

The Fragrant pitcher sage is a short-lived perennial for semi-shade gardens in the Inland Empire. It is a good understory companion plant among Western sycamore and Western redbud trees, ribes, coral bells and Douglas iris. Its fast growth and attractiveness to hummingbirds make it key part of this woodland style landscape.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Semi-deciduous
Habit: Open, Mounding, Arching
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Moderate shade, Partial sun
Function: Residential spaces, Hummingbird plant, Container plant, California native, Borders, Fragrant foliage, Small spaces
Height: 3 ft. – 5 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 6 ft.