Chihuahuan Rain Sage Leucophyllum laevigatum Handsome evergreen shrub with fragrant, lavender flowers that bloom throughout the summer and flower especially heavily during the monsoon rains of late summer. This upright, compact grower is useful as a natural hedge, looks great planted en masse and is perfect for a xeriscape garden.
Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects
Displays showy, fragrant lavender flowers summer and fall
Provides nesting sites for birds and cover for other wildlife
Easy to grow, responds well to pruning
Drought tolerant once established
Native area is rocky slopes of high Chihuahuan desert at 4,000 to 8,000 feet.
Xeric means dry in Greek. Xeric landscapes use plants that need very little water once they're established. Native plants are important in this type of landscape because they have evolved to live with the natural rainfall patterns of the local area.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Imperative in developing more sustainable practices for irrigated landscapes is the need to balance landscape plant pruning and watering intensities. Water less and plants will grow more slowly. This means that their pruning needs to control height and spread will diminish and less green waste will be generated.