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Leucophyllum revolutum – an evergreen shrub belonging to the figwort family.

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Leucophyllum revolutum is an evergreen shrub that belongs to the figwort family. It is native to southwestern United States and Mexico. This shrub can grow up to a height of 4 feet and of width of 4-5 feet. The shrub bears auxiliary flowers that are funnel or bell shaped. The flowers are five lobed and have two lips. The color is white to magenta to purple. The flowers of this shrub in particular are purple.

The name Leukos means white and Phylum means leaf in Greek. The foliage is trichome covered. These shrubs can grow well in sandy soils and tolerate salt. The plant is good as edge and area plants and useful in xeriscaping. The water requirements are minimal and they are hedge shaped. These are also called barometer bush as they bloom prior to rainstorm.

The leaves are of texture that is similar to that of rosemary and are of light green color. The flowers are large to medium. The plant grows well in USDA Zone of 7. The flower blooms from late summer to fall. It grows to 4′ x 5′.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 revolutum:
– Sow the seeds in autumn.
– This plant needs full sun and so select such a location.
– The shrub grows with hardiness of USDA 7 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 revolutum:
– 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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