Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens

  • Easy to grow, compact, drought-resistant
  • At least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun each day
  • Can reach heights of 8″ to 10″ and 4″ to 6″ wide
  • Humidity and high night temperatures are lethal

Texas sage also goes by the names of Texas Ranger and Silverleaf.  It is an evergreen shrub, with grayish-green leaves and purple flowers. It’s in the Scrophulariaceae family and the genus is Leucophyllum.

What is great about Texas sage is that you only have to plant it once. It’s a perennial which will bloom on its own every year. It is a very low maintenance plant and it does extremely well in hot and dry, even drought-like conditions. Try it anywhere in your yard where you have poor soil and other plants have refused to grow.

If you want a shrub that has no pests and whose only disease is root rot, (if it gets too wet,) then you will love Texas sage. And, if you are dissatisfied with the purple-colored flowers, it is possible to find plants with silvery or green leaves and pink or white flowers in addition to the purple. The shrub is a perfect plant to shelter your yard from onlookers. It can reach six feet across and is often used as a hedge or border for a yard.

Common Names:  Texas Sage, Texas Ranger, Texas Rain Sage, Cenizo, Texas Silverleaf, Ash-bush, Wild Lilac, Purple Sage, Senisa, Cenicilla, Palo Cenizo, Hierba del Cenizo