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Leucophyllum frutescens is an evergreen shrub in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae, native to the state of Texas in the southwestern United States and the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas in northern Mexico.

Common name: barometer bush
Color: Purple
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: 5.00 to 8.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Choose a location for Texas sage that receives full sun, or at least four to six hours of light a day during the sun’s peak period.
Purchase seeds from a nursery or online seed company. Place the seeds in moist soil and press them, but do not bury them, into the ground. It takes about a month for seeds to germinate.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: medium

Temprature: 5ºF (-15ºC)

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Do not fertilize the plant or add compost to soil.
  • Texas sage does not need rich soil to thrive and prefers dry but well-draining alkaline soil with infrequent watering.


Special Feature:
Where winter hardy, this plant is effectively grown as a hedge, windbreak or screen. Foundations. Borders. Lawn specimen. Large containers near patios or along driveways. Xeriscape plant.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Yes, the leaves of Cenizo, or purple sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) can be used for making tea.
  • Christina Mild in Rio Delta Wild, an extensive article about cenizo, describes the use of tea made from its leaves for medicinal purposes in treating congestion, coughing, chilis and fever of the common cold

Culinary use:
  • leaves

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose


Note:
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=287024&isprofile=0& http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-texas-sage-bush-48283.html

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