Lepechinia is a genus of mint relatives with around 40 species found in South America, Mexico, California, and Hawaii. Many of these species are endangered and have limited native habitats. The late summer blooms of Lepechinia, resembling salvia flowers, are purple in color and tubular in shape, with one side of the tip curled like a lip, resembling pitchers. These unique flowers, akin to pitchers, also attract hummingbirds due to their tubular structure.
More Information About Lepechinia
Lepechinia is a genus of about 40 species of mint relatives native to South America, Mexico, California, and Hawaii, many of which are endangered and grow within a very small native range. Lepechinia flowers come in shades of purple, appear in the late summer and are somewhat salvia-esque. The flowers are tubular and the tips are curled on one side like a lip, making lepechinia flowers look a little bit like pitchers. And of course, the tubular flowers attract hummingbirds too.
Lepechinia Growing Conditions
Lepechinia species are adapted to dry, rocky, hilly, chapparal habitats. Thus, lepechinia must be planted in full sun and in well-drained soil. The open vase-like shape of lepechinia allows the plant to mix well in a perennial border.