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Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado'

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado'
Texas sage; cenizo
Common name Texas sage; cenizo
Family scrophulariaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z8-10)
Flowers lavender
Size 6'
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought-tolerant

Semi-evergreen drought-tough shrub native to western Texas, with sage-green felted leaves (even though it is not remotely related to true salvias) and lavender flowers in summer. Pruning should be done judiciously: heavy pruning for maintaining size or shape is not advised, since it will lead to a leggy, bare growth habit, but light tip pruning may be helpful to encourage fuller, bushier growth. Dislikes heavy and moist soils. Cuttings of new growth may be taken and rooted after the plant has flowered.

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado'
Texas sage; cenizo
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado'

Over several years, our specimen has been getting more shade from the two trees flanking it. Here it is seen flopping forward in search of sunshine in early June, and producing a marvellous flush of flowers in the process.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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