How To Grow And Care For Texas Sage

No plant takes the heat better than this beautiful blooming bush.

<p>Diana C. Kirby</p>

Diana C. Kirby

Often referred to as barometer bush, Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) dazzles with a show of bright pink to lavender or white blooms after rainfalls from spring through fall. The silvery leaves of Texas sage offer a visual respite in the height of summer heat. Its gray, green, or silver 1-inch leaves are fuzzy, and provide a delicate backdrop for the vibrant flowers.

Once established, Texas sage thrives in rocky soil and rough conditions. Drought- and heat-tolerant, this woody, upright shrub typically grows 5-6 ft. tall, 5-6 ft. wide. Here's everything you need to know to grow and care for Texas sage.

Plant Attributes

Common Name

Texas Sage, Barometer Bush, Purple Sage, Cenizo

Botanical Name

Leucophyllum frutescens


Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Plant Type


Mature Size

5-6 ft. tall, 5-6 ft. wide

Sun Exposure

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Type

Rocky, well-drained soil, limestone, clay, and caliche

Soil pH

Neutral to Alkaline

Bloom Time

January through December

Flower Color

Pink, Purple, Lavender, White

Hardiness Zones

8-10 (USDA)

Native Area

Lower 48 States

Texas Sage Care

Texas sage is a woody evergreen shrub. It thrives in full sun and will tolerate partial shade.  Low maintenance, Texas Sage doesn’t mind rocky soil and doesn’t require fertilizing.


Full sun to partial shade will yield the most blooms.


Texas sage needs good drainage. It will grow in a variety of rocky or clay soils but doesn’t like wet feet.


Once established, it doesn’t need supplemental water.

Temperature and Humidity

Texas sage is both heat and cold tolerant to 10F, It blooms with the onset of rain, increased humidity, and changes in barometric pressure.


No need to fertilize.

Types of Texas Sage

  • Green Cloud has light green foliage with dark pink to magenta blooms and is a more prolific bloomer than other varieties.

  • Silverado has fuchsia blooms on silver foliage and is a slightly denser variety.

  • Compact has showy hot pink blooms with silvery leaves and grows only 3 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide, providing more planting placement options in the landscape.

  • Desperado is 5 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide with silvery-green foliage and lavender-pink blooms.

  • Lynn’s Legacy has dense green foliage with prolific blooms, typically growing to 5 ft. tall, 5 ft. wide.


When not in full sun, Texas sage can get leggy.  Prune in late winter to shape and encourage bushier growth.


Texas sage can be propagated from semi-hardwood cuttings or softwood cuttings.

How to Grow from Seed

Seeds should be collected before the pod dries and splits open.  Plant in spring after last frost.


Texas sage is evergreen and does not need overwintering care.

Common Pests and Diseases

Texas sage can suffer from cotton root rot if planted without sufficient drainage or if overwatered.  Planting in a sunny location with well-drained soil will prevent this.

Common Problems

Planting in too much shade may lead to leggy plants. Regular pruning will keep Texas sage bushy and full.

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