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Native to Baja, California has led to its common name - Baja Pitcher Sage. Interestingly it is named for a Russian physician and explorer of the 18th century, Ivan Ivanovich Lepechina. Lepechinia hastata has blue green arrow shaped leaves on a plant that reaches 1-1.5 metres tall. It behaves very similarly to herbaceous salvias. The foliage is pleasantly aromatic, reminiscent of mild disinfectant. The flowers are magenta in colour, however in combination with the calyx and flower stem they have an overall smokey hue to the magenta. Autumn-Winter flowering and drought tolerant once established. Sometimes compared with Echium as the flowers are of a similar size (30cm), just a different colour.