Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' Green Cloud Texas Ranger
Green Cloud Texas Ranger Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'
This fine selection has larger leaves and darker flowers than the species. It has an upright habit that will eventually reach 8’ high and wide so give it plenty of room to grow. The purple flowers bloom after summer rains, over and over into early fall. May be pruned in early spring to promote a more compact habit.
Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects
Host plant for Theona Checkerspot and Calleta Silkmoth
Provides nesting sites for birds and cover for other wildlife
Easy to grow, responds well to pruning
Drought tolerant once established
All Leucophyllum are native to the Chihuahuan Desert. It grows on rocky caliche slopes and stony, calcareous soils.
Butterflies bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.
This is a host plant for Theona Checkerspot butterflies and Calleta Silkmoths. Host plants are important when you create your butterfly garden because they provide a site for butterflies to lay eggs and they also provide food for the emerging caterpillars.
Prune once or twice in the spring or summer to remove dead stems and to increase density. The semi-loose round growth habit can be amended with regular pruning, encouraging a tighter and more uniform growth habit.