Green Cloud Texas SageLeucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'
Green Cloud Sage is a large, upright to spreading evergreen shrub that can grow to 6-8 feet tall and 6-8 feet across. The relatively large, green leaves provide an ideal backdrop for the rich, rose-purple flowers. In low deserts, this plant will retain most of its foliage. However, in cold winter, or in middle desert locations, the plant will shed about half of its foliage, leaving the plant somewhat bare. The 1-inch long, rose-purple flowers appear from June through October, seemingly triggered by periods of high humidity.
Use and Management
Green Cloud 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 back severely in the spring to increase density, 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.
Green Cloud is susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils. A young plant may be eaten by animals such as rabbits and deer. An older. More established plant or one that is grown hard (not watered and fertilized heavily) will be less likely to get eaten. As for pruning, the plant blooms on the currents year’s growth, so avoid pruning during the blooming season.
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