Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas Sage 'Desperado')
Texas Sage is a semi-evergreen Texas native shrub with silvery grey or green foliage, depending on variety, and purple flowers. It is an excellent shrub that works both as a specimen and planted in groupings. Texas Sage is drought tolerant and prefers deep and infrequent watering once established. It cannot handle wet feet but is not fussy otherwise. Planted in full sun and with good drainage, this Texas tough shrub will delight with its attractive foliage and arresting blooms. Trim to shape in late winter or early spring before buds form, and again in early summer if needed. Texas Sage looks its best if only trimmed lightly, and allowed to assume a natural shape.
'Desperado' blooms are particularly deep color and stand out nicely against the silvery foliage.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full sun|
|Bloom time||Triggered by rain|
|Mature height||5-6 ft|
|Mature spread||4-6 ft|
|Host plant||Theona checkerspot butterfly, calleta silkmoth|
|Present in state|
|Present in county and native|
|Native to North America, but adventive & escaped in state|
|Not present in state|
|Present and rare, native in county|
|Previously present, now extinct|
|Questionable presence (cross-hatched, regardless of color)|