Green Cloud Sage, Leucophyllum frutescens, is a native, xeriscapic, evergreen, perennial shrub. This means this shrub is commonly found growing wild in Texas, it is drought resistant and does not need a lot of water to survive, it remains green year round and has a life span of more than two years. It is also attractive to hummingbirds, but deer and rabbits do not eat it unless it is a young plant. Green Cloud is also known as Texas Sage, Texas Ranger and Texas Barometer Bush.
Blooms and Leaves:
The Green Cloud Sage blooms are purple and will bloom from the spring into the summer and end in the fall of the year. These blooms will vary in color from magenta to lavender and will be found on newly grown wood. The leaves on these shrubs are dark green, smooth, very small and elliptic to obovate.
Caring for Green Cloud Sage includes knowing where the perfect spot in the landscape to put it is. Green Cloud Sage shrubs will grown in areas that receive part sun or full sun. They can also be planted in areas that have high heat and low water. This shrub will tolerate salt spray as well as salt in the soil but it does not do well with storm winds. Alkaline soils are best but it will grow in nearly any type of soil. Green Cloud Sage shrubs should be pruned in the spring to make the plant denser and not look so leggy. In short, if you have a place in the landscape that has poor, alkaline soil with good drainage and you live in a fairly dry climate, this is a plant for your yard.
Propagation of Green Cloud Sage shrubs is either collecting and planting seeds or cutting and rooting stems. Occasionally this plant will reseed, but this is not common.
Green Cloud Sage shrubs are used in the landscape as a specimen plant or an accent plant. It can also be used as a screen or mass plantings. If you want to be able to move it where you want it, it also will tolerate being in a planter or in a container.
When considering shrubs for a xeriscapic, drought resistant, low maintenance landscape, Green Cloud Sage should be considered. This shrub is large, often growing up to 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide, grows fast and is colorful with its green leaves and purple flowers. USDA hardiness zones for this shrub are 8 to 11.