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Leucophyllum frutescens 30-50cm

Leucophyllum frutescens 30-50cm

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Plant Description

Leucophyllum frutescens, commonly known as Texas Sage, Texas Ranger, or Silverleaf, is a drought-tolerant and heat-loving evergreen shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This plant belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family and is highly regarded for its striking silver-gray foliage and vibrant purple, pink, or lavender flowers. Texas Sage typically grows to a height of 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) with a similar spread, forming a rounded, dense, and compact shape. The leaves are small, elliptical, and covered with fine silvery-white hairs that give the shrub its distinctive color and texture. The real showstopper, however, is the profusion of tubular flowers that appear after rainfall or in response to high humidity, typically in late summer or early fall. These blossoms are not only beautiful but also fragrant, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Texas Sage is valued for its ability to thrive in arid conditions, making it a popular choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens.

Cultivation:

  1. Climate: Texas Sage is well-suited to arid and semi-arid climates. It thrives in USDA zones 8-11 but can also be grown in other zones with proper care and protection during harsh winters.

  2. Sunlight: Plant your Leucophyllum frutescens in a location that receives full sun. It requires abundant sunlight for healthy growth and prolific flowering.

  3. Soil: Provide well-draining, sandy or loamy soil with excellent drainage. Texas Sage prefers slightly alkaline to neutral soil with a pH range of 7.0 to 8.5.

  4. Watering: Water your plant sparingly, as it is drought-tolerant once established. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues.

  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of gravel or organic mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Keep mulch away from the plant's base.

  6. Fertilization: Texas Sage generally does not require heavy fertilization. In fact, it thrives in poor soils. Avoid excessive fertilization, as it can lead to leggy growth and reduced flowering.

  7. Pruning: Prune your Leucophyllum frutescens as needed to maintain its shape and remove dead or leggy growth. It is best pruned after the main flowering period.

  8. Pests and Diseases: Texas Sage is relatively pest and disease-resistant. However, watch for issues like aphids or spider mites, and address them if they appear.

  9. Spacing: When planting multiple Texas Sage shrubs, space them according to their mature size, typically 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) apart to create an attractive grouping.

  10. Propagation: You can propagate Leucophyllum frutescens from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. Plant the cuttings in well-draining soil or a suitable rooting medium.

Leucophyllum frutescens, Texas Sage or Silverleaf, is a resilient and striking shrub known for its distinctive foliage and showy, fragrant flowers. Whether you're cultivating it for its drought tolerance, xeriscaping benefits, or ornamental appeal, it can be an excellent addition to your garden or landscape. With proper care and attention to its specific requirements, it can thrive and become a beautiful and low-maintenance feature of your outdoor space.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Pictures of this plant were taken on , please keep on mind that the plant may have grown since pictured.Also be aware that most plants change across seasons. If present foliage could have been fallen or change in its color.

Botanical family: Scrophulariaceae

Botanical genus: Leucophyllum

Botanical species: Leucophyllum frutescens

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