Common Names: Cenizo, Silverleaf, Texas Ranger, Barometer Bush, Purple Sage
Light: Full Sun
Height: 3′ – 8′
Spacing/Spread: 3′ – 6′
Color: Purple-pink flowers, silver-gray foliage.
Interest: Summer to spring.
Texas Native: Yes!
Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.
Features: A medium growing, hardy, full sun evergreen shrub with profuse beautiful showers of pink-purple flowers. Frequent flower displays.
Austin Native Landscaping: “One of our absolutely favorites! This tough as nails,drought tolerant evergreen absolutely thrives in Central Texas and Austin landscapes. A healthy full grown Cenizo is truly a sight to behold; After a good rain, almost like magic, it explodes with hundreds of small purple flowers. We frequently use it in our xeriscape flowerbed designs and sometimes install it as an informal low maintenance hedge or screen, although it also works well as a foundation planting. Texas Sage really does loves the sun, and will struggle and grow weak and leggy in a shady location. Pruning and shearing is unnecessary as it has a very handsome natural form. Texas sage is truly native landscapers plant of choice!“
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Pronounced – skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Leucophyllum (Pronounced – loo-koh-FIL-um)
Species: frutescens (Pronounced – froo-TESS-enz)
Propagation: Seeds, Softwood cuttings.
History: Texas sage grows naturally in hillsides, ditches and slopes and found in Central Texas, Rio Grande Plain, Edwards Plateau and south to Mexican Nuevo Leon .