What grows well with Texas sage?

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For low-water gardens in USDA zones 7b through 11, consider desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) as a companion for Texas sage. This tree grows willowy foliage and reaches an average height of 20 to 30 feet. Because of its white, pink or lavender tube-shaped flowers, the tree is also known as orchid of the desert.

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Also question is, what is Texas sage good for?

Texas sage is a classic in the American Southwest. What is a Texas sage shrub? As a native plant, it provides cover for wild animals and birds and helps stabilize loose desert soils. This adaptable plant is drought tolerant and useful in areas with high heat and cold desert temperatures.

Similarly, can you cook with Texas sage? The one you don't want is Salvia coccinea, also called the Scarlet Sage, the Texas Sage and the Hummingbird Sage. Crush its leaf and it smells grassy or slightly sage-like. Flowers of the Pineapple Sage, which taste like a hint of pineapple, are quite edible.

Similarly one may ask, can you keep Texas sage small?

It stays compact and short, up to about 5 feet tall, in arid conditions. Plants tend to grow more than 8 feet tall in gardens where they receive water that supplements rainfall. Compact Texas sage varieties are good for large containers.

How do you grow Texas sage?

Plant Texas sage in late winter or early spring.

  1. Water your Texas sage thoroughly while it is still in its nursery container.
  2. Spread 4 to 6 inches of leaf mold, compost, peat moss or another organic matter over an area that is three times as wide as the Texas sage's container.

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How much water does a Texas sage need?

Water newly planted Texas sage every five to seven days for a few weeks until it's well established, allowing the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between watering sessions. After that, rainfall should be enough in most climates. If rainfall is below average, water the plant in summer to promote flowering.

How quickly does Texas sage grow?

The Texas Sage is a fairly slow growing plant, and may take up to two 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.

Does Texas sage attract hummingbirds?

Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens)/ATTRACTS: Hummingbirds. Plant with Eastern Red Bud Tree which also attracts Hummingbirds, and plant with Columbine which attracts Ruby Throated Hummingbirds.

Does Texas sage attract butterflies?


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Texas sage most often blooms after summer showers and does bloom repeatedly in waves from spring through fall, especially after rains moisten the soil. Other benefits of Texas sage are its interesting foliage and its ability to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Why is my Texas sage not blooming?

Texas Sage thrives in full sun and well-drained alkaline soil. They will tolerate a bit of shade, but too much shade will result in leggy plants that don't bloom heavily. Supplemental water in summer will help plants grow faster and bloom more, but over-watering or poor drainage will kill Texas sage quickly.

Is Texas sage poisonous to dogs?

Commonly called barometer bush or Texas sage, Leucophyllum frutescens has green or silver leaves and seasonal blooms, most commonly shaded purple. Barometer bush is not typically toxic to dogs, but can shelter allergens and other poisonous animals or matter.

Does Texas sage loose leaves in winter?

ANSWER: Leucophyllum frutescens (Cenizo), or Texas sage, is a dry land plant that responds very strongly to weather conditions. It often loses leaves following a cold winter. Texas sage can be pruned severely if desired without permanent damage.

Can I cut back Texas sage?

If left to grow naturally, Texas sage develops uneven branches and an unruly appearance. Pruning is not necessary, but an occasional trim keeps the shrub looking neat. Ideally, pruning should occur in late winter before Texas sage produces new growth.

Is Texas sage an evergreen?


As you might have guessed, Texas sage originated in Texas, but also in New Mexico, and across the border, in northern Mexico. It is an evergreen shrub, with grayish-green leaves and purple flowers. Texas sage also goes by the names of Texas Ranger and Silverleaf. It's a perennial which will bloom on its own every year.

How do you fertilize Texas sage?

You can use a soluble fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, or an organic fertilizer such as blood meal or fish emulsion. Landscape plants can be fertilized in late February/early March, as soil temperatures warm up and fresh growth starts to appear.

When can you trim Texas sage?

You can encourage bushier growth with heavier pruning in late winter and early spring. Try pruning up to a third of a shrub. For a more natural shape, snip branches individually at varying heights. Then in late spring, early summer, prune again, if necessary.

How do you care for a sage bush?

Sun: Plant sage in medium to full sun. If you are growing sage indoors, place your pot near a sunny window. Water: Sage is a fairly drought-tolerant herb, and even when the leaves look wilted, a little water perks the entire plant right up. Wait until the soil is dry to give it a thorough watering.

When should sage bushes be trimmed?

Trim sage bushes in the morning, when the foliage is moist inside but dry on the surface. Save major pruning for winter, during the dormant season.

Why is my Texas sage yellow?


"Yellowish leaves could indicate chlorosis, or lack of iron being taken up by the plant from the soil. This is often caused by poor drainage and/or dense clay soil, which causes water to stand on the roots.

Is Texas sage cold hardy?

Plant Texas sage in full sun and reflected heat locations in the fall or spring. This shrub loves the heat! Texas sage is also very tolerant of cooler temperatures — down to 10° F. Water established plants every two to three weeks in the summer, once a month in winter.

How do you cut sage to promote growth?

Cut stems so they are at least 4–6 inches (10–15 cm) from the ground. Use sharp scissors or garden shears to cut back the stems on your sage plant, just above new growth. Plants that are allowed to grow tall will likely fall over and their bottom leaves will be damaged.