Leucophyllum frutescens 'Heavenly Cloud'
Leucophyllum frutescens, commonly called Texas sage, silver leaf, or barometer bush, is a compact but loosely branched shrub typically growing to 5-8' tall. Plants tend to sprawl with age unless pruned as needed. This shrub is native to rocky limestone slopes in calcareous soils in the Chihuahuan Desert, extending from northern Mexico into Texas and New Mexico.
This selection is a hybrid between Leucophyllum laevigatum and Leucopyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'. Heavenly Cloud will reach a similar mature size to Green Cloud but a bit more narrow, reaching 6-8 feet tall and about 6 feet wide. The leaves are dark green and more narrow than Green Cloud, and they provide an excellent backdrop for the flowers. Heavenly Cloud is usually one of the first Texas Rangers to bloom, and the purple flowers are an absolute magnet for pollinators. This selection can handle full sun and reflected heat and if well placed in the landscape requires virtually no pruning.
Height: 6’-8’Spread 5’-6’Bloom: Triggered by RainLight: Full SunWater: LowZone: 7, 8, 9Origin: Texas