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Lepechinia cardiophylla

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Species Name: Lepechinia cardiophylla
Common Name: Heart-Leaved Pitcher Sage

This rare pitcher sage is native to the Santa Ana Mountains. Its leaves are fragrant and its flowers are a pale lavender to almost white. It flowers in early summer. Good for mid-elevations.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 4-5' W
Growth Habit: Sprawling shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 3600'
Flower Season: June-July
Flower Color: Pale lavender
Endangered?: 1B.2
Distribution: Peninsular Ranges, Santa Ana Mountains
Natural Habitat: Chaparral. Elevation: 1800-3600'

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