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Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compacta'

Compact Texas Ranger

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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.

Benefits

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. 


Height
4-5 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
Accent
Border
Drought tolerant
Evergreen
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Texas