Leucophyllum frutescens [Scrophulariaceae]

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Scientific Name Leucophyllum frutescens USDA PLANTS Symbol LEFR3
Common Name Texas Purple Sage, Texas Barometer-bush, Cenizo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33629
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, calcareous soils desert arroyo and scrub areas; widely cultivated in Texas.
Plant: Medium-sized compact shrub, usually 2 to 5 tall, up to 8 feet tall.
Leaves: Soft obovate, up to 1-1/4 inches long, covered by short silvery hairs giving a silvery to gray-green appearance, alternately-attached.
Inflorescence: Bell-shaped lavender-pink blossoms about 1 inch long, 5-lobed corolla with hairy throat and orange-dotted white blotch inside; blooms after rains.
Bloom period: May to September.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey and www.americansouthwest.net.
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