Is Purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

purple flowering shrub

Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves and budding purple flowers is actually not sage at all.

shrub with purple flowers arizona
Purple flowering Texas Ranger Sage Plant

Rarely called Silverleaf, this popular bush is predominately specified as Texas Ranger Plant or Purple Texas Sage.

purple flowering shrub
Leucophyllum frutescens, Texas sage

Leucophyllum frutescens is the scientific name for this Sage Bush, and it is a member of the figwort family.

white cloud sage bush
white flower, White Cloud, Texas Sage

Texas Sage shrubs with white flowers are called White Cloud.  According to the National Gardening Association, Texas Sage is one plant that is most often ignored by deer unless they are starving.

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Purple and White Texas Sage bush varieties
Phoenix shrubs with purple flowers
Purple Flowers Texas Sage bushes in AZ TX CA

Rabbits and other small animals in the desert will not eat this Purple Sage either.  It is safe to say that this white or purple flowering bush is critter proof!!

texas purple flowering plant
purple flowering bush in AZ, TX

After several hours of research we were not able to find any evidence of the Texas Sage plant being edible.  Looks like it is best to leave this luscious purple shrub to the bees and the butterflies.  

purple flower bus
Texas Sage bush, Leucophyllum frutescens

Eating Texas Sage is not recommended.  Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous addition to your sun-filled garden!  White or purple Texas Sage is a popular ornamental plant that does best in dry, warm locations.

Tucson bushes with purple flowers
Purple flowering bushes sage in the desert

This flowering desert bush can grow up to 8 feet high!  In Arizona, Purple Sage is often used as a border or hedge for yards.

Texas Ranger shrubs plants
Purple flowering Sage Bushes

To learn more information regarding care and pruning your Texas Sage; check our sage category.

Author: tjsgarden

We are a family that loves the Arizona Desert. A lot of research and team efforts go into our articles and photos. Come discover the beauty and mystery with us. Don't forget your sunscreen!

9 thoughts on “Is Purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant”

  1. Interesting, I’ve always wondered with its name being “sage”. What’s the relationship between the sage spice we cook with and this plant?

    I recently replanted a hesperaloe parviflora “red yucca”. It’s roots are large tubers like beets or potatoes. I looked everywhere, but couldn’t see if anyone has used the roots as food.

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    1. The Red Yucca, hesperaloe parviflora, is not actually in the Yucca family but the Agavaceae family. The name is a bit misleading. You are correct that it is not eaten and actually parts can make you very sick. Thank you for commenting!
      Many blessings,


  2. We did not know it was not a real sage and used it in some stuffed pork chops, I thought it did not taste right but ate it anyway. Well It made us sick with bad stomach cramps. It would have been nice to know it is not a real sage.


  3. See Wez kept ya busy for a couple of hours..bol Mommy’s makin the cookie on SUNDAY
    don’ts forget to save Mez some of those seed’s 🙂


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