Texans, what if I told you there was a native Texas plant that shares a similar trait with us? Texas sage is known for blooming after a hot wave of humid air, or rain. If you're from Texas, you know Texans love stepping outside when the sky looks like Gotham City, just so we can feel the humidity and say, "I can sense the rain, already!"
Texas, there's no denying the barometer bush, or Texas sage. You might know the Texas plant by its common names, Texas Ranger, Cenizo, or Leucophyllum frutescens. As much as we love claiming Texas sage, these evergreen shrubs are also native to New Mexico, and northern Mexico.
As you can tell, Texas sage thrives in warm and dry climates. They love full sun and are drought tolerant. It truly is a low maintenance plant. Well-draining alkaline soil will do. Don't stress out about watering sage plants every day. Overwatering is something you need to avoid. Sage plants do well in the soil moisture provided, so don't be the cause of root rot!
Texas Sage has two different types of foliage. Green, and silver. If you've heard the term Green Cloud, this is the type of Texas Sage that has green foliage and purple blooms. The silver leaf has silvery foliage. They're both beautiful shrubs that produce lavender flowers, but I can only imagine how silvery foliage looks in the wintertime.
If you really want the purple flower color to stand out, try planting Texas sage with silver foliage. The best time to plant Texas sage is in the fall. If you're in hardiness zones 8 through 9, surely you'll have some luck with sage plants.
Greenery is normal the goal for a healthy garden, but I guess you could say silvery foliage has grown on me. These seeds are expensive but can be difficult to find. Be careful searching for cheap sage seeds online, because you could end up with scarlet sage seeds. If you'd like a cheaper option, I recommend buying a live plant.
This post was originally published on December 31, 2019.