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Leucophyllum

Texas Ranger, Silverleaf
Scrophulariaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Native to the Southwest and northern Mexico, these compact, slow-growing shrubs are highly useful and attractive in desert gardens. Most have silvery foliage and a good show of 1/2- to 1-in.-wide flowers with an open bell shape. Flowering may occur at varying times of the year, often after summer showers. Need very good drainage. Tolerate heat, wind, and alkaline soil. Use as informal or clipped hedges, massed as tall ground covers, or in mixed dry-country gardens. Unless formally hedged, plants require little pruning. Old, straggling plants can be rejuvenated by cutting close to the ground.

Leucophyllum candidum

Grows 5 ft. high and wide, with small (1/2-in.), silvery leaves and a good show of 1/2- to 1-in.-wide, deep purple flowers with an open bell shape.

Leucophyllum frutescens

To 6–8 ft. tall and wide, with gray foliage and light purple flowers. ‘Green Cloud’ has bright green foliage and dark rose or magenta flowers; it may be deciduous in coldest winters. ‘White Cloud’ has gray foliage and white flowers.‘Compacta’, with gray foliageand pink flowers, grows to5 ft. tall and wide.

Leucophyllum langmaniae

Dense grower to 5 ft. high and wide, with bright green leaves and lavender flowers.

Leucophyllum zygophyllum

Grows 3 ft. tall and wide, with gray-green, slightly cupped leaves and light blue flowers.

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