It is difficult to imagine that a flowering plant can thrive in hot desert temperatures; but, these vibrant purple sage bushes love the heat!
Also known as Texas Ranger Plants, these lavender flowers fill the sage bushes that adorn the streets of the Sonoran Desert.
Our Texas Ranger Plants, Leucophyllum frutescens, are blooming with butterflies and bees promenading between the purple flowers.
The bees are buzzing noisily as they work their way in and out of the purple blooms.
When it comes to drought and heat tolerant plants, Purple Sage is right at the top of the list. The hotter it gets in the desert, the happier this flowering shrub is!
As humidity rises during the start of Arizona’s Monsoon season, the Purple Sage bushes will bloom right before it rains. The purple flowers are a built in barometer!
Growing and caring for Purple Sage is easy if you plant them in full sun.
This desert bush is native to Mexico and Texas and needs very little maintenance. Texas Sage is incredibly heat resistant and will not be harmed by moderate frost in the winter.
The Sage bush variety with white flowers is called White Cloud Texas Sage. It is exactly like the purple sage but with white blooms.
The best time to prune your Texas Sage is in the Spring. Over pruning your sage bush will reduce the amount of flowers and cause the plant to use more water.
Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage? This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves and budding purple flowers is actually not sage at all.
Rarely called Silverleaf, this popular bush is predominately specified as Texas Ranger Plant or Purple Texas Sage.
Leucophyllum frutescens is the scientific name for this Sage Bush, and it is a member of the figwort family.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
To learn more information regarding care and pruning your Texas Sage; check our sage category.