Leucophyllum Frutescens, Texas Sage, Cenizo, Silverleaf, Texas Ranger, Barometer Bush, Purple Sage

Texas Sage

Leucophyllum Frutescens

Common Names: Cenizo, Silverleaf, Texas Ranger, Barometer Bush, Purple Sage

Light: Full Sun

Height: 3′ – 8′

Spacing/Spread: 3′ – 6′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Purple-pink flowers, silver-gray foliage.

Interest: Summer to spring.

Landscape Companions:

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 .


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16 comments… add one
  • Dulci Rao

    June 6, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Do you sell the Texas Sage plant?

  • Judy Judd

    July 8, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I live in Jacksonville and have a Texas Sage about 4 feet tall x 3 feet wide that I need to move because a fence will be constructed where it is planted. There is also a crape myrtle coming up from the same planting, considerably smaller in size; so basically, I have two plants to move. When is the best time to move them and what tips might you offer for this transplant to be successful? Both are beautiful, I don’t want to lose either, and there is no way to avoid uprooting them. Thanks for any advice you might offer.

    • Reed

      April 12, 2016, 8:21 am

      Some general tips for transplanting older plants:

      The older and more established a plant the higher failure rates you’ll experience when transplanting.
      Sometimes buying a cheap one gallon plant is a better idea then to transplant an older plant.

      If you do transplant it, make sure to try to dig as many of the roots as you could possible save and to keep the soil around the roots intact. Harshly prune down the plant to reduce water evaporation. Water heavily for the first few months.

      Best time to transplant would be Fall. Second best is Spring.

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Jean Head

    July 29, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Please advise if and where I can purchase these seeds…. or Plants….. Thank You

  • Jean Head

    July 29, 2013, 6:39 pm


  • Jacob van der Sluis

    January 12, 2014, 5:05 am

    Is your company in a position to send us cuttings and or seeds from Leucophyllum varieties to Portugal (EU)?

  • Anita tinker

    June 9, 2015, 4:14 pm

    Do you ship plants to TN? How much for a larger plant? I like the purple Texas Ranger. I like the blues and the purples with flowers on them.

  • James

    April 20, 2016, 11:42 am

    I am also interested in finding a reputable company that sells seeds.

  • Marilyn

    September 8, 2016, 4:34 pm

    I purchased one of these plants last year, but I haven’t seen a single flower. What am I doing wrong?

  • Maria

    January 14, 2017, 8:57 am

    I am interested in putchasing as a hedge plant, where can I buy?


    March 1, 2017, 5:41 pm

    I wish to acquire at least two, maybe 4 Leucophyllum Frutescens (Cenizo) , plants. I read in some remarks published by you. that gallon bucket sizes do better for transplanting. Therefore, please send me information that I will need to get started for an order.
    I really hope that my north Louisiana climate will support them.


    March 1, 2017, 5:52 pm

    I wish to acquire 4 Leucophyllum Frutescens in the gallon jugs that you recommend. Do you ship? Please advise me what I need to do to complete an order.

  • Joanna Hargis

    May 5, 2017, 5:44 pm

    Mine are in the sun, get watered by irrigation lightly every night and have grown leggy lost all foliage but on the tips,. Bottom wood crackles​ like dead wood and they are ugly. What’s wrong? I’m in Fort Worth.


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