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Lepechinia calycina - White Pitcher Sage, California Pitcher Sage, Woodbalm

Lepechinia calycina works well in a garden setting. The White Pitcher Sage blooms Winter into Spring with 2 inch white to pale pink or pale lavender flowers. The foliage of the California Pitcher Sage foliage is intensely fragrant when touched or crushed. Lepechinia calycina is a California Native found in woodland settings and seeps and into the chaparral and lower pine woodlands. Lepechinia calycina grows in full sun to fairly dense shade. The will tolerate winter wet conditions but prefers a dry summer with irrigation cycles between a couple of weeks and once a month. Butterflies like the Mournful Duskywing, Spring Azure, White Checkered Skipper, Northern White Skipper, and Cloudless Sulfur will often be attracted too. The White Pitcher Sage can tolerate temperatures that dip into the low 20°s F and maybe lower.

Lepechinia calycina, White Pitcher Sage, California Pitcher Sage, Woodbalm

White flowers of Lepecinia calycina - White Pitcher Sage, California Pitcher Sage, Woodbalm. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants from the Lepechinia Genus featured on this site:
Lepecinia calycina * White Pitcher Sage, California Pitcher Sage, Woodbalm
Lepechinia fragrans El Tigre * Island Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia hastata * Mexican Pitcher Sage
Lepechinia salviae * Chilean Pitcher Sage