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Desperado® Texas Sage

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado'

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Desperado Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado') at Walton's Garden Center

Desperado® Texas Sage flowers

Desperado® Texas Sage flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Desperado Texas Sage (Leucophyllum frutescens 'Greado') at Walton's Garden Center

Desperado® Texas Sage flowers

Desperado® Texas Sage flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Texas Ranger, Silverleaf, Cenizo, Ash Bush


An upward spreading shrub with silvery gray-green foliage; showy lavender flowers in summer; a great water conservation plant, good for dry, hot, rocky sites; must have well drained, alkaline soil; prune lightly to maintain fullness; must have full sun

Ornamental Features

Desperado® Texas Sage features showy clusters of lavender flowers at the ends of the branches from mid summer to early fall. It has attractive grayish green foliage with hints of silver. The fuzzy oval leaves are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Desperado® Texas Sage is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Desperado® Texas Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Desperado® Texas Sage will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Desperado® Texas Sage makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features