Is the white or purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant? – Leucophyllum frutescens

Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves and fabulous purple flowers is actually not sage at all.  This purple bush goes by the name Silverleaf, Texas Ranger Plant, Thunder Cloud or most commonly Purple Texas Sage.

purple flowering shrub

Leucophyllum frutescens, Texas sage

Leucophyllum frutescens is the scientific name for this Texas Sage bush and it is a member of the figwort family.

white cloud sage bush

white flower, White Cloud, Texas Sage

The Texas Sage shrub with white flowers is called White Cloud.  According to the National Gardening Association, Texas Sage is one plant that is most often ignored by deer unless they are starving.  Rabbits and other small animals in the desert will not eat Texas Sage either.  It is safe to say that this white or purple flowering bush is critter proof!

texas purple flowering plant

purple flowering bush in AZ, TX

After several hours of research I was not able to find any evidence of the Texas Sage bush being edible.  Looks like it is best to leave this luscious purple shrub to the bees and the butterflies.  

purple flower bus

Texas Sage bush, Leucophyllum frutescens

Eating Texas Sage is not recommended.  Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous addition to your sun-filled garden!  Texas Sage is a popular ornamental plant that does best in dry, warm locations. This flowering desert bush can grow up to eight feet high.  In Arizona, Purple Sage is often used as a border or hedge for a yard.

If you are interested in more information regarding care and pruning your Texas Sage please browse the categories for more articles.

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Best ideas for choosing plants with colors, flowers, drought tolerant, heat resistant – white purple red orange yellow flowering bushes

Adding splendid color and shapes to your low maintenance garden - Lets start with white and purple flowering shrubs.  TEXAS SAGES, Leucophyllums, are among the most reliable and fool-proof of the low water use plants available in Arizona!

White and Purple Texas Sage

Texas sage bushes have silvery gray leaves and purple or white flowers that bloom from summer through autumn. These sage plants are relatively carefree after they are planted, but good sunlight and proper drainage are essential to the Texas Sages success.

sage with prickley pear cactus

The purple and white flowers look amazing next to a prickley pear cactus.  In areas with poor drainage or with high average rainfalls, plant Texas sage brushes in raised beds.

Purple sage and oleander

The picture above has some of the best ideas for choosing plants with colors and different shapes that can be used in xeriscape or any low care, heat resistant yard.  Prickley Pear cactus are unique in gardens and add an architectural flare.

In the photo background is a Red Oleander, Nerium oleander, bush.  Oleanders make a popular divider or hedge, and can even be trained into a tree.

Of course we must mention the ever so popular Purple Texas Sage, also called Texas Ranger Plant.  The White flowering species of Texas Sage is called White Cloud and is a heavenly white bush that blooms commonly throughout Arizona and adds dazzling color to any garden.

white cloud texas sage

In the above photo you will see an Ocotillo Cactus standing tall behind the white flowering bush.  This White Cloud Texas Sage shrub could be trimmed; therefore creating a contrast between the magnificent Ocotillo cactus and the white blooms.

purple sage and new gold lantana

Texas New Gold Lantana and Purple Texas Sage are considered two of the best drought tolerant, easy care, heat resistant, flowering desert plants in Arizona, California, etc…  The yellow lantana mound looks dazzling next to a well pruned purple sage shrub.

add cacti to any flowering bush

Pictured above is part of the xeriscape area of our yard.  Cacti come in a variety of shapes and colors.  Some species of cactus have glorious flowers that bloom in the summer.  Grow a flowering desert plant, bush next to a cactus to create a beautiful desert garden.  The Bougainvillea shrub looks amazing next to a barrel cactus in the picture below.

bougainvillea and barrel cactus

 If desertscape makes you think of sparse, ugly gardens and cacti, think again!  Desert gardens can be gorgeous and cascading with color; all one needs is a little imagination

Red Bird of Paradise

Red Bird of Paradise plant is the best choice for orange, red and yellow flowering bushes.  Add a Saguaro cactus next to your desert shrub to create an unique design.

Pictured below is a common Arizona Wildflower called White Stem Paper Flower.  During Arizona Monsoon, (rainy season) the wild flowers paint the desert and many desert gardens.

white stem paper flower

Paint your own desert; the choices are endless!