Have you noticed these beautiful purple blooming Texas Sage shrubs around the valley lately? My name is Eli Hall with AMS Landscaping and this video blog is about the Texas Sage bush (Leucophyllus frutescens).
The rain we recently had on July 12th and humidity afterward has caused all the great blooms we are seeing now. These shrubs are a thick dense bush that grows about 4-6 feet in diameter and up to 3-6 feet tall depending on how frequently they are trimmed.
They have tiny green to grayish leaves and mostly small purple blooms but some variety have white or pink. They bloom from Summer through Fall and are thornless with a very light leaf shed throughout the year which makes this a great shrub for near swimming pools. These shrubs grow best in full sun and are very hardy to resist frost in the winter months and can take excessive heat in the Summer as well. Texas Sage like a lot of water but thrive with the normal watering schedule with other plants on your home drip system.
Maintenance is easy if there is room for these plants to grow. We recommend just grow more natural and cutting them all the way back just before the Spring time (January or February). These can be cut down to the ground every few years or you can hedge them like in this video to keep a manicured shape. However, if they start blooming after the moist weather we recommend leaving them to bloom and enjoy the color for a few weeks. These are desert adaptable plants that are resistant to insects and disease which makes it a great plant for our climate.
This shrub is typically not toxic to pets and non-allergenic: