David’s Plant of the Week
August 26, 2006
Texas Sage or Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) as it is sometimes called, is a great south and central Texas native shrub that deserves a place in our landscapes. There are many varieties to choose from offering evergreen foliage in shades of gray to green and blooms in hues of pink, lavender or white.
One of the best selections to add to your landscape is the ‘Silverado’ Texas Sage. This selection has a dense, rounded growth habit that its introducers say will allow broader uses than other sages on the market. The growth habit of ‘Silverado’ Texas Sage contrasts with the more open, irregular habit common with other sages. “Silverado’ Texas Sage is full and dense to the base. Bloom cycles follow summer rainstorms.
Deer generally ignore the plant, and once established, it is a very drought-resistant Xeriscape plant. Give it a full sun exposure and don’t shear it like a hedge. If you need to prune it, just do a little light pruning to maintain its natural shape. Remember, fall is prime time to plant trees and shrubs.
For more information on this plant, contact:
David Rodriguez, Extension Horticulturist & Bexar County Master Gardener Coordinator
Texas Cooperative Extension
The Texas A&M University System
3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. #212
San Antonio, TX 78230