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Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compacta'

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Compact Texas Sage is an evergreen with attractive silvery foliage and abundant lavender-pink blossoms. It is sometimes called the barometer bush because it flowers after summer rains when the humidity is high. A highly desirable shrub for residential landscapes. Makes an excellent accent plant or informal hedge.


  • A butterfly and hummingbird magnet
  • Host plant for native butterflies and moths
  • Provides nesting and cover for native critters
  • Easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Drought tolerant once established;

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prune once or twice in the spring or summer to remove dead stems and to increase density. The semi-loose, round growth habit can be amended with regular pruning, encouraging a tighter and more uniform growth habit. 

4-5 Feet


4-5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 7-9

Native Range

All Leucophyllum are native to the Chihuahuan Desert. It grows on rocky caliche slopes and stony, calcareous soils.

Native Trivia

Calleta moths often spend up to two years in the cocoon, waiting for perfect conditions to hatch. Some moths like this one never eat anything as adults because they don't have mouths. They must live on the energy they stored as caterpillars.

"Besides being a host plant for several types of butterflies, adults love the sweet nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Small Shrubs
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Saline or alkaline
  • Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
  • Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Desert
Foliage Color
  • Gray-green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Hedge, screen
  • Mass plant
  • Rock garden
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Texas