Our Cenizo is blossoming again, and really gorgeously at that:
This plant/bush, scientifically known as Leucophyllum frutescens, goes by many different names, such as Purple Sage, Texas Ranger, Texas Barometer Bush, Texas Silverleaf, Texas Rain Sage, Ash-Bush, Wild Lilac und Texas Sage, and all of them have their own merit. Let’s ust take “Texas Rain Sage” or “Texas Barometer Bush“: it’s called that because it blossoms after a good rainfall or even only it the soil is moist fcrom high humidity. For ours to blossom now it must have been the good rain we had 10 to 14 days ago. I can’t think of any different reason. As a native of northern Mexico and the soutwestern US, it is extremely drought tolerant and can do (nearly) without watering even in the worst summers here: good for us. And with its light-green leaves, the underside of which is silvery, it always looks pretty, even without its blossom. But when blossoming it really looks gorgeous. The Cenizo will grow up to 5, in excellent conditions even to 8 feet tall, and up to 6 wide.
And now for some more detailed pictures:
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