This California Native is valued for its lush appearance, attractive foliage, and dainty white flowers which resemble small pitchers. Although not a true sage, it is a relative which shares many of sage’s attributes including a pleasant aroma that is similar to Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea).
Growth Form: 3-5 Feet Tall and wide, lance or heart shaped velvet textured leaves.
Light: Can grow in Full sun, but is more often found in the understory of oak woodlands where it receives dappled sunlight.
Water: appreciates regular watering during its active growing season but can tolerate short periods of drought once established.
Soil: can grow in various soil types, including sandy or loamy soil.
Hardiness: USDA zones 8 to 10. In Sunset zones, it is typically recommended for zones 8, 9, 14-24.
Type: perennial evergreen shrub
Maintenance and Special Care: Pitcher Sage is relatively low-maintenance, making it suitable for gardeners of different skill levels. Fall pruning can help maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Applying a layer of mulch around the plant's base can help retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Overall, Pitcher Sage is a delightful addition to gardens and landscapes, providing year-round interest with its charming foliage and Unique flowers.