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Compact Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compacta'

Compact Texas Sage

Introduction

Compact Texas Sage is a heat-loving evergreen shrub. It is slow growing to 10 feet tall; heat and dry air also make the 1-inch, rose-purple flowers bloom in summer. Silver-gray foliage feels soft. Allergen-free, drought-tolerant, and wing-tolerant once established. Good drainage is essential, and take care not to overwater. Use as a low hedge, lawn plant or background shrub.

Additional Characteristics

  • Soil Moisture: Moist, well-drained
  • Soil Types/Tolerance: Adaptable
  • Uses: Low hedge, lawn plant or background shrub
  • Additional Features: None
  • Special Resistance: None

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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