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Silverado Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Silverado'

Silverado Texas Sage

Introduction

Silverado is one of the best selections of Texas Sage. This selection has a dense, rounded growth habit that is more full and dense to the base than other varieties. The 1-inch long, rose-purple flowers appear from June through October, seemingly triggered by periods of high humidity/rain.

Use and Management

Silverado is quite drought tolerant, but plants will be denser and flower better if given supplemental water in the summer. This form is fast growing, and can achieve a fairly large size in one or two growing seasons.

Plants should be pruned lightly to maintain its natural shape, then left to grow naturally throughout the summer and fall blooming seasons.

This cultivar is best used in full or reflected sun in the transition or dry zones of a Xeriscape. Plants can be planted singly, grouped loosely or used as an informal hedge.

Additional Characteristics

  • Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
  • Soil Types/Tolerance: Adaptable
  • Flowers: Rose-purple, June through October
  • Uses: Low hedge, lawn plant or background shrub
  • Additional Features: Attracts Birds
  • Special Resistance: Rabbits and deer are attracted to the plant

Planting

  • Available in 1, 3, 5 or 15 gal containers.
  • Suggested plant spacing are:
  • Plant 18’, 24” to 36” OC or as a specimen
  • Bed Preparation:
  • Spread 3” of bed mix in ground cover beds
  • Till 6” deep, rake beds to drain away from structure
  • Plant
  • Topdress with 2” of double ground (fine) hardwood mulch.
  • Hand water in after planting
  • Set sprinkler controller to water beds:
  • Once every two days for two weeks in spring and early fall.
  • Once a day for two weeks when temperatures reach 98+ degrees.
  • Have Owner monitor moisture and report over or under watering immediately.
  • After two weeks reassess the watering needs, and set at twice a week thereafter.

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