Texas Sage Details

Texas Sage

  • Also Known As: Rain Sage, Barometer Bush, Purple Sage, Texas Ranger, Cenizo
  • Botanical Name: Leucophyllum frutescens
  • Plant Type: Shrub
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Hedge, Border - Mixed, Rock Gardens, Screen - Visual, Deer Resistant, Salt Tolerant
  • Ornamental Value: Lavender, Blue, White, Purple, Pink
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
  • Plant Form: Upright
  • Plant Spread: 5'
  • Plant Height: 6'


Silver, gray, and green foliage varieties. Very drought tolerant. Requires excellent drainage.

The Texas sage is a fairly slow-growing plant, and may take up to 2 years to become fully established and bloom reliably. Once established, the Texas Sage is extremely drought tolerant, requires very little supplemental water, and will bloom after a good rain storm. (Don't try to trick it into blooming by watering heavily--it won't work.) After a week or two, the blooms will fall off, but the silver gray-green leaves stay year round. This plant can eventually grow to around 6 feet tall. The older it gets, the more intensely it blooms. Bees really like this plant when it's in bloom.

Shrub Care Guide

Texas Sage Photos