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Lepechinia fragrans El Tigre - Island Pitcher Sage

Lepechinia hastata may tolerate some sun, but the Pitcher Sage really seems at its best in high shade. The large leaves belie how hardy this Pitcher Sage is in our climate. Plants were not damaged when temperatures dropped into the low 20°s;'s. The fragrant gray leaves and beautiful sage-like flowers are a great reason to be growing this shrub. It seems like the Pitcher Sage is almost always in bloom. I cut off the older flowering spikes before they are entirely spent because it tends to hold onto the old blossoms and this pruning encourages more blooms.

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Lepechinia hastata, Pitcher Sage