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Lepechinia hastata

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(Baja Pitcher Sage) Adaptable, drought-resistant Lepechinia hastata thrives from full sun to partial shade. This shrubby perennial has intense pink, tubular flowers and gray-green foliage. Its arrow-shaped leaves feature a pleasantly felted texture.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Baja Pitcher Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
48"+/36"/60"+
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Any
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
Yes
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(Baja Pitcher Sage) Adaptable, drought-resistant Lepechinia hastata thrives from full sun to partial shade. This shrubby perennial has intense pink, tubular flowers and gray-green foliage. Its arrow-shaped leaves feature a pleasantly felted texture.

Baja Pitcher Sage is part of a genus closely related to the Salvia genus. Bees and butterflies are attracted to this fragrant, tropical beauty that is ideal for middle to back of border plantings. It is perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones where winters are mild.

Due to being prevalent in wild areas of Hawaii, this plant's USDA profile identifies it as being native to the islands, and it is sometimes called Hawaiian Pink Pitcher Sage. However, a study published by Bryan T. Drew and Kenneth J. Sytsma in 2013 in the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society shows that Lepechinia species most likely originated in the Americas from California to Argentina and were introduced to Hawaii. In fact, all five specimen records for Lepechinia hastata in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Tropicos database are from Mexico, and four of them are from Baja. The database credits American botanist, geologist, and mining engineer Marcus E. Jones (1852-1934) as collecting the first sample recorded by Tropicos. He found the plant in 1930 in Baja. Ten years later, botanist Carl Epling introduced it to horticulture in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club.

We highly recommend this lovely Salvia companion, which is available in limited quantity.