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Products > Leucophyllum frutescens 'Los Alamitos'
 
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Los Alamitos' - Texas Sage
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figworts)
Origin: Southwest (U.S.) (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10° F
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Los Alamitos' (Texas Sage) - An large upright dense semi-evergreen shrub to 6 to 8 feet tall by as wide with half to one inch long gray-green felty leaves and pale rose-pink flowers, that are funnel shaped with 5 petals in 2 lips. In full bloom in summer and fall, the flowers can smoother the plant with color. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate infrequently or not at all once established - an extremely drought and heat tolerant plant, though flowers heavier after some irrigation in summer. It is tolerant, and in fact prefers alkaline soils and hardy to about 5 degrees F so useful down to USDA zone 8 but does not like poorly drained wet soils or shade. Is often sheared and tolerates this treatment well but certainly looks better when only lightly pruned in late winter or early spring to maintain shape or even opened up to expose its branching structure and gray barked stems - later pruning can be done but risks removal of developing flower buds. Though evergreen, foliage is more sparse in winter with new leaves emerging in spring. Texas Sage is native from Northern Mexico (Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas) north into Texas through the Rio Grande Plains and Trans-Pecos area into New Mexico where it grows on rocky slopes. It is considered to be one of Texas's most outstanding native plants where it has been declared the official state native shrub and is sometimes called "barometer bush" because flowering is triggered by higher humidity or rain. Other common names include Texas Ranger, Texas Rain Sage, Cenizo, Texas Silverleaf, Ash-bush, Wild Lilac, Purple Sage, Senisa, Cenicilla, Palo Cenizo and Hierba del Cenizo.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Leucophyllum frutescens 'Los Alamitos'.