Texas Sage

Texas Sage

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Uses Shrub, Hedge
Common Names Purple Sage, Texas Ranger
Scientific Name Leucophyllum frutescens
Cold Hardiness Very cold hardy
Light Needs Full Sun
Flower Color Lavender-Rose
Blooms Throughout Spring and Summer
Water Needs Drought tolerant
Leaves Silver-grey leaves
E/D Evergreen
Mature Height 8 Feet high, 6 feet wide
Growth Rate Medium

This lovely sage is one of many varieties. It seems that Texas A & M gives sage the nickname of “Texas ranger” since, thanks to their horticulture department, they have been cloning varieties since the early ’80’s, developing a sage mania in Texas. Orlando can take advantage of A & M’s welcome results with the Green Cloud because it’s a hearty plant and does not require a lot of care. Note that this plant can get to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide, so be cautious about where you place it. Crowding in a small space will just result in high maintenance pruning and cause “poodling.” Perhaps it’s better to let it stand alone, as in one on either side of the walkway leading to your front door or making a special spot for it in the back lawn to brighten a corner with its gorgeous fusia flowers.

It’s silver-grey leaves are enough alone to make the plant attractive as a show piece when not blooming; it’s definitely not a “background” plant. If you decide to make a hedge with them, get your nurseryman’s advice on how far apart to plant them. They’ll make a handsome hedge.

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