Leucophyllum or Texas Sage – Plant of The Month

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July 14, 2022

Texas sages are among the many most dependable and fool-proof of the low water use crops out there in Arizona. Previously twenty years, many new species and varieties have been introduced into cultivation. These evergreen shrubs are native to Texas and Mexico, and carry out effectively in our desert with little or no upkeep.

These shrubs require full solar and good drainage. This genus is now out there in a variety of mature sizes, and when the right Texas sage is chosen, no pruning is required. Selective pruning might be carried out if desired to keep up form. All the Texas sages tolerate temperatures all the way down to 10 levels Fahrenheit, in addition to thrive in our summer season warmth.

Leucophyllums can be utilized in a variety of panorama conditions, included focal factors, visible and wind screening, accents, and wildlife habitat. With the onset of summer season monsoons, leucophyllum explodes in a burst of colour, giving it the nickname barometer plant. They will survive on little to no supplemental watering besides during times of utmost drought, and may die if over watered.

Texas Sage

Compact Texas Sage. Picture: Invoice Casenhiser

Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Compacta’ or Compact Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens, also referred to as Texas ranger, has a number of cultivars. Compact Texas sage has grey foliage and deep pink flowers. It reaches a mature measurement of 5 ft tall and 5 ft broad. This selection is denser than the ‘Inexperienced Cloud’ and Chihuahuan sages, and is a well-liked selection for screening.


Green Cloud Sage.

Inexperienced Cloud Sage. Picture: Invoice Casenhiser

Leucophyllum frutescens ‘Inexperienced Cloud’ or Inexperienced Cloud Sage

This trademarked plant was launched by Texas A & M College, and was chosen for its brilliant inexperienced foliage and huge violet-purple flowers. This is without doubt one of the bigger picks of Texas sage, with a mature measurement of 6 ft tall and broad and an open progress kind.


Silver Cloud Sage

Silver Cloud Sage. Picture: Steve Priebe

Leucophyllum candidum ‘Silver Cloud’ or Silver Cloud Sage

This trademarked plant, with its silvery foliage and deep purple flowers, offers contrasting colour and texture with different shades of inexperienced within the panorama. This sage can develop as much as 5 ft tall and broad and has a dense kind. This explicit leucophyllum is particularly delicate to overwatering.


Chihuahuan Sage: Photo: Steve Priebe

Chihuahuan Sage: Picture: Steve Priebe

Leucophyllum laevigatum or Chihuahuan Sage

The Chihuahuan Sage has a unfastened, open progress behavior (see closeup within the higher proper). It has a singular angular branching sample, small, darkish leaves, and lots more and plenty of aromatic lavender flowers that appeal to hummingbirds. This sage generally grows 6 ft tall and broad.


Do you know that as much as 70% of water use is outdoor? That’s why we love desert crops and have them every month. It’s nonetheless a good time to plant, and you may study extra about Texas Sage and different crops on our Arizona Low-Water-Use Plants web page. Go to our web page on Choosing and Planting Low Water-Use Plants for tips about plant choice and how you can plant correctly. Additionally, make sure to learn by all of our featured Plant of the Month blogs!

This characteristic relies on an idea and textual content initially developed collectively by the Arizona Nursery Association and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) with partial funding from the Arizona Division of Water Sources. Study extra about these and different nice desert crops on the Arizona Municipal Water Customers Affiliation Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert plant database or see our beforehand featured Plant of the Month blogs.

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