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Santa Ana Pitchersage
Lepechinia cardiophylla
  
About Santa Ana Pitchersage (Lepechinia cardiophylla) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lepechinia cardiophylla is a rare species of flowering plant in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family known by the common names Santa Ana Pitcher Sage and Heart-leaved Pitcher Sage. It is native to the Santa Ana Mountains of southern California and the coastal mountains of northern Baja California. Few populations of the plant are known and many of them are located in areas that are threatened by development and other human activity. For this reason it is included on CNPS list 1B.2. This is an aromatic shrub with branching stems covered in resin glands. The hairy leaves are heart-shaped to oval-shaped and often toothed along the edges. The raceme flower cluster bears flowers on prominent pedicels. Each flower is a cuplike calyx of hairy sepals around a tubular white to lavender corolla. The corolla is curled back at the mouth into small lips. The fruit is a dark colored, hairless body a few millimeters long which develops within the calyx of sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
5 ft tall

Dormancy
Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Hummingbirds are highly attracted to the flowers

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 0° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Usually found on decomposed granite

Common uses
Common uses
Hummingbird Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Chaparral and Cismontane Woodland in the foothills of Orange and San Diego Counties, often on north-facing slopes

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 12.2" - 22.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 0.55", Coldest Month: 47.5" - 54.3", Hottest Month: 64.5" - 78.9", Humidity: 1.09" - 24.08", Elevation: 397" - 4217"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Heart-leaved Pitcher Sage, Santa Ana Pitcher Sage


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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