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Leucophyllum Laevigatum – an evergreen perennial irregular shrub.

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Leucophyllum laevigatum is an evergreen perennial irregular shrub. This perennial can grow up to a height of 4 to 5 feet tall (1.2-1.5 m) and a width of 4 to 6 feet wide (1.2-1.8 m). The leaves are simple and alternate and oval in shape. The leaves are green to light green in color with flowers that are blue to lavender flowers in color. The flowers are fragrant. This shrub can be propagated in spring. The flowers bloom from summer through fall. The shrub is not ornamental. The shrub grows with hardiness of USDA 7b-10 and with a temp of to 18°F. The shrub grows in full sun. This shrub needs well drained soil and can be propagated by vegetative cuttings. The native of this shrub is USA (Texas), Mexico (Chihuahua). The shrub has extensive root system. This shrub can be supplied with a general purpose fertilizer. This shrub is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.
Growing conditions for Leucophyllum laevigatum:

• Sow the seeds in autumn.
• This plant needs full sun and so select such a location.
• The shrub grows with hardiness of USDA 7b-10 and with a temp of to 18°F.
• This herb needs well drained soil.
• Add sandy compost in a greenhouse and sow 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.
• Pinch off the top of the stem to ensure new growth after 4 weeks.

Care for Leucophyllum candidum

• 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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