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Leucophyllum frutescens     
Texas ranger   
Scrophulariaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


leaf close-up
leaf detail
Form: rounded shrub
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 4-8ft, spread to 3/4 height, or to equal height
Leaves: simple, alternate, pubescent (soft and furry to touch), oval or elliptical, blue-gray
Flowers: in leaf axis, lavender to purple, sporadic blooming season throughout year, blooms in response to rain; flowers are small but cover entire plant during main flush
Fruit: small capsule at base of flower
Stems/Trunks: trunk is not exposed; stems silvery, attractive
Range/Origin: Texas, Mexico
Hardiness: to low teens




shearing will reduce flowering

Texas ranger
natural form of
Leucphyllum frutescens
over-pruned shrub
common pruning abuse

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