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Green Cloud Texas Ranger

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'

Mature Height*: 

5-7 ft

Mature Width*: 

5-7 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

7b to 11

Hardy to: 

10°F

Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant, dry-to-medium moisture in well-drained soil

Shade Requirements:

Full Sun

Native to:

Northern Chihuahuan Desert of Texas, Rio Grande plains

Origin and Adaptability:

Embrace the indigenous beauty of the American Southwest with Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' Texas Sage, a drought-tolerant shrub originating from the arid regions of Texas and northern Mexico. This resilient plant, revered for its ability to thrive in hot, dry climates, is a testament to nature's adaptability. Perfectly suited for xeriscaped gardens, desert landscapes, and water-wise designs, 'Green Cloud' brings a touch of native charm to any outdoor setting.

Architectural Form and Foliage:

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' boasts an architectural elegance with its dense, rounded form and silvery-green foliage. Growing to heights of 3 to 5 feet, this evergreen shrub adds year-round interest to the landscape, its compact silhouette providing structure and texture. During periods of rainfall or humidity, the plant may burst into a profusion of delicate lavender-blue flowers, enveloping the surroundings in a cloud of color.

Floral Display and Growth Speed:

With its moderate growth rate, 'Green Cloud' gradually expands to form dense clusters, creating a lush, verdant backdrop for the garden. The plant's stunning floral display typically occurs after periods of summer rainfall, although sporadic blooms may occur throughout the year in response to favorable conditions. These charming flowers, adored by bees and butterflies, add a pop of color to the landscape while attracting beneficial pollinators.

Light and Water Requirements:

Thriving in full sun exposure, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' revels in the intense desert sunlight, making it an excellent choice for sunny, well-drained locations. Once established, this drought-tolerant shrub requires minimal irrigation, preferring infrequent deep watering over frequent shallow watering. During periods of extended drought, supplemental watering may be necessary to maintain plant vigor and vitality.

Wildlife and Pollinators:

The vibrant blooms of 'Green Cloud' serve as a valuable food source for pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, enhancing biodiversity in the garden. Additionally, the dense foliage provides shelter and habitat for small desert creatures, contributing to the ecological balance of the ecosystem.

Cultural Significance and Edibility:

While not typically utilized for culinary purposes, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' holds cultural significance for Indigenous peoples of the Southwest, particularly within its native range. Historically, native tribes have revered this plant for its resilience and beauty, incorporating it into traditional ceremonies and rituals.

Challenges and Considerations:

As a low-maintenance shrub, 'Green Cloud' requires minimal pruning to maintain its compact form and remove spent flower stalks. To prevent issues such as root rot, it is essential to plant this species in well-draining soil and avoid overwatering, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

With its striking form, vibrant flowers, and drought tolerance, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' is a versatile addition to a variety of landscape designs. Landscape architects and designers can utilize it as a focal point in water-wise gardens, as a border plant in desert landscapes, or as a low-maintenance option for sustainable outdoor spaces. Its indigenous beauty and adaptability make it a valuable asset in creating resilient and visually captivating landscapes.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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