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Leucophyllum candidum - Violet Silver Leaf Sage

Leucophyllum candidum is native to the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, Northern Mexico and New Mexico. Violet Silver Leaf Sage requires full sun, good drainage, and is tolerant of alkaline soils. Two cultivars of Leucophyllum candidum have been developed by the University of Texas A& M. They are Silver Cloud, and Thunder Cloud. Thunder Cloud was a sport of Silver Cloud and is more compact, typically around 4 feet.. Leucodendrum candidum is more compact and more cold tolerant than the more commonly grown Leucophyllum frutescens, which typically grows rather slowly to 5-6 feet tall and wide but may attain 8 feet in favored locations. There are clouds of purple blossoms as the weather warms in Spring into Summer. Violet Silver Leaf Sage will often bloom again in the Fall with the first of the rains. Leucophyllum candidum is hardy to temperatures into the low teens ° F. Violet Silver Leaf Sage will tolerate tip pruning but does poorly if larger branches are sheared back. A hedge trimmer can make a mess leaving sections of dead material.

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Leucophyllum candidum, Violet Silver Leaf Sage