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Leucophyllum frutescens is also known as Purple sage, Texas Sage, Texas Ranger, Silverleaf, or Cenizo – an evergreen shrub

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Leucophyllum frutescens which is also known as purple sage, Texas Sage, Texas Ranger, Silverleaf, or Cenizo is an evergreen shrub belongs to the figwort Scrophulariaceae (Dog flower family) family. It is a native to Texas in southwestern United States and to Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas in northern Mexico. The flowers are bell or funnel shaped. The flowers are axillary with five lobes and two lips. The flowers are purple in color. This is an ornamental plant used for borders. The soils preferred are calcium rich. It is a host to caterpillar of Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) and Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta) species.

This shrub can grow up to a height of 3-5 feet. The leaves are alternate that are about 0.5-1 inches. This shrub has two valved capsules with wrinkled seeds. The leaves have silvery pubescence. This shrub needs well drained soil with full sun.

Growing conditions for Leucophyllum frutescens( purple sage)
– Sow the seeds in autumn.
– This plant needs full sun and so select such a location.
– It grows in hardy zones of 7-11.
– This herb needs well drained soil.
– Add sandy compost and even if the soil is not fertilized, the plant is tolerant enough to grow in a greenhouse and while sowing the seeds.
– The seeds emerge seedlings and this is when prick the seedlings and transplant them in pots.
– Transplant them in late spring or early summer.
– Plants can be divided in early spring.
– Grow the plants in light shade until they root well.
– Plant them outside in summer.
– If cuttings are taken, plant in summer.
– Water this plant on alternate days for a week.
– This plant likes dry conditions but water occasionally and do not over water.
– Pinch off the top of the stem to ensure new growth after 4 weeks.

Care for Leucophyllum frutescens( purple sage)
– This perennial herb needs gritty well-drained soil.
– The perennial needs sunny position.
– It tolerates dry soils.
– Do not disturb the root once the plants are established.
– Fertilize this wormwood using liquid or general fertilizer every spring.
– Mulch the plant around to about 2-3 inches.
– Prune the shrub periodically for encouraging new growth.
– Add compost while planting.
– This plant needs about an hour of sunshine minimum daily.
– Prune the old leaves in the fall season.

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