Texas Ranger, Texas Sage, Cenizo
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers
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 1/2–1-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 groundcovers, or in mixed dry-country gardens. Unless formally hedged, the plants require little pruning. Old, straggling plants can be rejuvenated by cutting close to the ground.Leucophyllum frutescens
Grows 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 foliage and pink flowers, grows to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Grows to 6–8 ft. tall and wide, with gray foliage and light purple flowers. ‘Green Cloud&r...
Grows to 6–12 in. high and wide. Much-branched, mounding plant, with very small, stiff leaves. F...
Native to China, Japan, and Australia. This plant has a most unfiglike habit; it is one of the few pla...