AZ Arboretums

Leucophyllum laevigatum

Chihuahuan SageCommon: Chihuahuan Sage, Chihuahuan Rain Sage, Cenizo
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: USA (Texas), Mexico (Chihuahua)
Light: Full sun
Moderate to little water
Temp: Hardy to 18°F ( -8°C). May drop leaves in mid-teens.
Soil: Needs well drained soil.

Evergreen shrub, 4 to 5 feet tall (1.2-1.5 m), 4 to 6 feet wide (1.2-1.8 m); light green leaves,simple, alternate, oval with no petiole. Propagated by softwood cuttings.

Flowers in leaf axils, blue; bloom from summer through fall.

Low, needs space to sprawl; head back to encourage dense habit. Use for foundation planting, medians, xeriscape.

Greenest foliage of the Leucophyllum species. L onger blooming period than other Leucophyllum and not as affected by rainfall (bloom is consistent, not in flushes). Best left in natural form, sprawling and open.