Leaf retention: Evergreen but cold deciduous.
Growth rate: Rapid.
Mature Size: 6-8' high and wide.
Flowers: Purple, pink or white flowers.
Bloom: Sporadically, spring through fall.
Fruit: A small seed capsule.
Leaves: Small, soft, covered with fine, silvery hairs, gray to greenish, oval with a slightly
pointed tip, smooth margins. These leaves are not palatable. This plant is not a true sage nor related to mint.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees. Not browsed by mammals.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to Texas and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 8-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes, even reflected heat.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun. It becomes leggy in part shade.
Water once established: Deep water once a month. The soil must dry out between waterings.
It is prone to root rot in damp soil.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low organic content, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline). Do not fertilize
once it is established to avoid legginess.
Planting: It can be grown in a large container with drainage holes.
Prune: In late winter, before flower buds appear, remove less than one-third of the
top growth. Use a hand cutter, not shears, for the best results. Sheared plants have few to
no flowers. Allow the plant to grow 'spiky' for the best flower production. This plant
responds well to pruning.
This is not an appropriate plant for topiary.
Disinfect cutting tools before pruning by placing them in a solution of three parts water
and one part bleach for five minutes, then rinse with clean water and dry.
Propagation: Cuttings and seed.
Uses: Ornamental, hedge.
Texas Sage is a member of the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) and not a true sage (Salvia)
which are members of the mint family (Lamiaceae). Other common names are Texas Ranger, Purple
Sage, and Cenizo. This plant loves heat, humid weather and dry soil.
Leucophyllum laevigatum: Chihuahuan sage is related and similar in appearance.
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