Texas Sage
Leucophyllum frutescens

Texas Sage is a member of the figwort family, Scrophulariaceaenative to Texas in the southwestern United States and in northern Mexico. Although commonly known as Texas Sage, it is not a true sage and is distinct from the genus Salvia. The species is also called Texas Ranger, Silverleaf, or Cenizo.
The solitary axillary flowers are bell- or funnel-shaped, with five lobes and two lips. This species is found in rocky, calcareous soils.

Cultivation

Texas Sage is a popular ornamental plant, commonly used for edge and area plantings in warmer and drier areas; it requires minimal water, is easily shaped into hedges, and blooms over the entire surface. It is available in a variety of cultivars, including 'Green Cloud', 'White Cloud', 'Compacta', 'Convent', and 'Bert-Star'.

Ecology

L. frutescens is a host plant for the caterpillars of the Theona Checkerspot (Chlosyne theona) and Calleta Silkmoth (Eupackardia calleta).

 

 

Texas Sage

Rebecca Jordi
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director
Contributing Editor
email: rljordi@ufl.edu