Texas Sage, Leucophyllum frutescens
Handsome and hardy, Texas sage is an outstanding South Florida landscape choice with its silvery foliage, purple flowers and drought-tolerant nature. The lavender to purple blossoms appear on and off all year amidst small, soft, silver or gray-green leaves.Though not a true sage, this shrub is easy care and doesn’t like to be fussed over.In fact, this is one plant where too much care – water, fertilizer, trimming – can actually be detrimental to its health. A native of Texas and the arid southwest, Texas sage is called the Barometer Plant there, because as soon as the humidity begins to rise after very dry weather, this shrub bursts into bloom.This is an excellent plant for those areas so dusty and dry nothing wants to grow there. The silver foliage – not to mention the pretty flowers – makes it stand out in a landscape of green-green-green.