Texas Sage, Silverleaf Purple Sage
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Texas Sage Cold Hardy and Drought Resistant Border Hedge
Texas sage, Leucophyllum frutescens, is a beautiful, drought-resistant shrub that is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Also known as Texas rain Sage, Cenizo, Barometer Bush, Silverleaf, Purple Sage, Texas Ranger, ash-bush, wild lilac, senisa, cenicilla, palo cenizo, or hierba del cenizo.
This hardy plant is known for its silvery-gray-aqua blue foliage and stunning purple or pink flowers that bloom from summer through fall. It is an excellent choice for those looking to add some color and texture to their landscape while conserving water.
The Texas sage requires full sun exposure and well-draining soil to thrive. It is relatively low maintenance and only needs occasional watering once established. Pruning can help keep the plant's shape and promote new growth.
We hope this information is helpful in your decision to add a Texas sage to your garden. Please let us know if you have any further questions or if we can assist you in any way.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Details
|Grow Zones:||4-9 Patio / 8-11 Outdoors|
|Sun Exposure:||Thrives in Full Sun|
|Foliage:||Silver-Aqua Blue, Blooms Purple Flowers|
|Uses:||Small border Hedge, Landscape Shrub|
|Characteristics:||All year round bloomer, LShrub|
|Soil Conditions:||Wide Range of Soils|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
Texas sage is a popular ornamental plant, commonly used for edge and area plantings in warmer and drier areas' it requires minimal water, is easily shaped into hedges, and blooms over the entire surface.
Plant Texas sage in full sun, this shrub loves the heat! Texas sage is also very tolerant of cooler temperatures, down to 10° F. This plant prefers soils with good drainage. Texas sage is susceptible to chlorosis and root rot when grown in heavy or poor draining soil. Once established Water Texas sage every other week in the summer, once a month in winter.
Planting and Care
PLANTING AND CARE - Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
SUN EXPOSURE - Thrives in FULL SUN
WATER - Water twice a week for the first growing season, once established rain water will suffice.
FERTILIZING – No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once fertilizing is due, you may use a fertilizer formulated for flowering plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.
INSECTS OR DESEASES - Here’s another plus, this tree is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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