Pitcher Sage Lepechinia hastata

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care


The plant in question, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, exhibits a distinctive appearance characterized primarily by its foliage and floral characteristics. The leaves of Pitcher Sage are typically pointed in shape, with a notably sharp tip, resembling a spearhead or lance. The edges of the leaves can be slightly wavy or serrated, providing a textural aspect to the plant's overall aesthetic. The color of the foliage tends to be a rich, deep green, although this can vary slightly depending on the specific growing conditions and health of the plant. The leaves may also possess a somewhat textured, wrinkly surface, giving them a robust and hearty appearance. Pitcher Sage is known for its striking flowers which are a standout feature. The flowers usually bloom in spiked clusters at the tops of stems that rise above the foliage, giving the plant a crown of color when viewed from a distance. These flowers can range in color from a soft, subtle lavender to a more vibrant purple or pink hue, making them quite eye-catching in a garden setting. The blossoms have a tubular shape, which is typical for many plants favored by pollinating insects such as bees and hummingbirds. The stems of Pitcher Sage are typically sturdy, allowing the plant's inflorescences to stand prominently. They may exhibit a green tone similar to the leaves but can also take on a darker or woody appearance as the plant matures. The structural form of the plant contributes greatly to its appearance, as the stems create a latticework that supports the leaves and showcases the flowers. Overall, the Pitcher Sage presents a lush and vibrant addition to a garden or natural landscape, with its lance-shaped foliage and conspicuous flowers adding both texture and color to the environment it inhabits.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pitcher Sage, Hastate Pitcher Sage, Pitcher Plant.

    • Common names

      Lepechinia hastata.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Lepechinia hastata, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, has no well-documented toxic effects on humans. There is limited information available about the plant's toxicity, so it is advisable to exercise caution and avoid ingesting any part of the plant without proper knowledge or guidance from an expert in botany or toxicology.

    • To pets

      There is insufficient information available regarding the toxicity of Lepechinia hastata, also known as Pitcher Sage, to pets. However, as a general safety measure, it is recommended that pets not consume plants that have not been verified as safe. If a pet ingests Pitcher Sage and exhibits unusual symptoms, it is important to consult a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.91-1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Lepechinia hastata, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, is prized for its attractive foliage and spikes of tubular flowers, which can add aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers of Pitcher Sage are known to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, making it an excellent plant for those looking to support local wildlife and promote biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Pitcher Sage is adapted to arid conditions and is drought-resistant, requiring less water once established, which makes it suitable for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Due to its adaptability to various soil types and resistance to pests and diseases, Pitcher Sage is a low-maintenance plant, ideal for gardeners seeking minimal upkeep.
    • Aromatic Foliage: The leaves of Pitcher Sage are aromatic, which can add a pleasant fragrance to garden spaces and potentially deter pests.
    • Erosion Control: With its robust root system, Pitcher Sage can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and banks.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lepechinia hastata, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, can be used as a natural dye source, providing various shades of green and yellow depending on the mordant used.
    • The plant's aromatic qualities make it suitable for use as a natural insect repellent when its leaves are crushed and applied or infused into lotions.
    • Pitcher Sage can be incorporated into ornamental gardens not only for its flowers but also for its unique foliage that can provide textural contrast.
    • Due to its resilience and low water requirements, Pitcher Sage can be used in xeriscaping, a landscaping method that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.
    • The leaves of Pitcher Sage can be used to stuff small sachets, providing a natural moth repellent for wardrobes and drawers.
    • It can serve as a companion plant in agriculture, attracting beneficial insects that prey on pests due to its fragrant flowers.
    • Pitcher Sage can be used in potpourri mixes for its pleasant scent and its ability to retain color and shape when dried.
    • The flowers and leaves of Pitcher Sage may be used in the culinary arts, as an infusion to create unique-flavored syrups or beverages.
    • Because of its robust structure, Pitcher Sage can act as a windbreak or privacy screen when planted in rows in a landscape.
    • The plant can be used as a natural rodent repellent, as some rodents may find the smell of its leaves unattractive.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Pitcher Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Pitcher Sage is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Your Browser does not support this - Unfortunately, Lepechinia hastata does not have widely recognized or established symbolic meanings. It's a less commonly known plant and tends not to feature prominently in cultural or symbolic contexts. Therefore, no symbolic meanings or short explanations are provided for this particular plant.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Pitcher sage should be watered whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which typically is about once a week during the growing season. In hotter months, the frequency may increase depending on the climate and exposure to sun. It is important to water deeply, so providing about half a gallon per plant each time is usually sufficient to ensure moisture reaches the roots. During winter or cooler months, reduce watering as the plant requires less moisture due to slower growth. Always ensure that the pot has proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.

  • sunLight

    Pitcher sage thrives in full sun conditions, where it can receive at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. A south-facing window or a spot in the garden that gets ample sunlight is ideal for this plant. While it can tolerate partial shade, too much shade can result in leggy growth and fewer flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pitcher sage is hardy and can handle a temperature range from about 20°F to 100°F. However, it flourishes best in temperatures between 60°F and 80°F. Always protect the plant from frost, as temperatures below 20°F can be damaging.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune pitcher sage to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Deadheading spent flowers can also promote further blooming. Pruning can be done annually or biannually, depending on the plant's growth rate and desired size.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pitcher Sage requires a well-draining soil mix with a slightly acidic to neutral pH, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. A good mix can be composed of loam, peat, and sharp sand in equal parts. Ensure the soil is fertile and add compost or a slow-release fertilizer to provide nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Pitcher Sage doesn’t need frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2-3 years. Younger plants may enjoy annual repotting, but mature plants prefer to be undisturbed unless they are outgrowing their pots.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pitcher Sage thrives in moderate humidity conditions. Aim to maintain indoor humidity levels around 40-50%, avoiding overly dry or excessively moist environments that might foster fungal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Pitcher Sage in bright, indirect light inside and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Grow Pitcher Sage in full sun to partial shade with shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lepechinia hastata, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. Once sprouted, the seedling phase follows, characterized by initial leaf development. The plant then enters the vegetative growth stage, where it develops a robust root system and elongated stems with distinctly shaped leaves. Following vegetative growth, Pitcher Sage enters the flowering stage, producing tall spikes with whorls of lavender-colored flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into dry seed capsules, which eventually release seeds to continue the cycle. Throughout its life, Pitcher Sage may experience dormancy periods, particularly in response to cold temperatures or drought conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: Lepechinia hastata, commonly known as Pitcher Sage, is typically propagated through seeds or stem cuttings. The most popular method is using stem cuttings. To propagate Pitcher Sage via stem cuttings, one would take a healthy, non-flowering stem of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) during the late spring or early summer. The cutting should have several sets of leaves and the lower sets should be removed. Dipping the cut end into a rooting hormone can increase the chances of successful rooting. The cutting is then planted in a pot with a well-draining soil mixture and kept moist but not waterlogged. It is usually placed in indirect sunlight until roots have developed, at which point it can be transplanted into the garden.