Virtually maintenance-free and drought tolerant, this medium-sized shrub is an excellent selection for hedges or foundation plants. The heat-tolerant cenizo, as it is also called, does well in zones 8 and above. It adds a lovely touch to the garden in the summer when it blooms its purple flowers. The purple blooms and grey leaves contrast nicely to create an exciting show in the garden.
Plant this shrub in well-drained alkaline soil. If the soil is acidic, amend it with dolomitic limestone. Water the plant until it is well established, caring that the plant does not sit in water since it does not like to have wet feet. Prune the shrub in late winter or early spring before it gets its buds.
Some of our favorites: Texas Sage ‘Silverado’
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption.
Outstanding Features: Attractive grey foliage contrasting with purple blooms, easy-care plant
|Common Names||Texas sage, cenizo, purple sage||Scientific Name||Leucophyllum frutescens|
|Bloom colors||Purple||Light||Direct sun|
|Water||Water well until established. Then only as needed.||Size||8 feet tall and about as wide|
|Zone||Zone 8 and above||Overwintering||In zones seven or below, plant in containers and bring inside the home when temperatures drop below 45 degrees. Place in a bright sunny location and water as needed.|
|Fertilizer||Feed 3 times a year with a well-balanced fertilizer||Companion plants||Oleander, podocarpus, orange bird of paradise|