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Leucophyllum minus

Common Name: Big Bend Silverleaf
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Blue/Purple
Water Needs: Almost No Water Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 36"
Mature Width: 36"
Description:

More cold tolerant than other Texas sage with smaller leaves. Nice small shrub. Retains gray color through winter. Purple blooms after rain.


Artemisia arborescens

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Common Name: Powis Castle
Bloom Season: Spring to Early Summer
Bloom Color: Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 4-6'
Mature Width: 4-6'

Rhus microphylla

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Common Name: Little Leaf Sumac
Bloom Season: Spring
Bloom Color: White
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 120"
Mature Width: 120"
Description:

Panhandle native Deciduous shrub small leaves, Dark red tart edible berries red fall color Moderate to rapid growth, natural low hedge.


Garden Notes: This has been a great shrub in my yard and in the demo beds. Slow growing and can be open and straggly with absolutely no water for a rough, native type look. With some water and compost it grows faster into a rounded shrub. Mine has reached 14ft across! and 6ft tall. Densely covered with small green leaves till late fall.

Cercocarpus montanus 'Argentus'

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Common Name: Mountian Mahogany
Bloom Season: Spring to Early Summer
Bloom Color: White, Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 6-20 feet
Mature Width: 8 feet
Description:

Deciduous shrub. Slow growing, russet colored leaves in fall, plumed tails on seed, deer browse.


Garden Notes: My plants are making a nice, upright four foot shrub after five years. Extremely hardy, dependable.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii

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Common Name: Flame Acanthus
Bloom Season: Summer to Early Fall
Bloom Color: Orange/Yellow
Water Needs: Little Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 36"
Mature Width: 30"
Description:

Bright orange tubular flowers, long mid summer to fall bloom. Drought tolerant. Dies back in winter, cut back to ground in spring. This plant serves as the larval host for a beautiful native butterfly called the Vesta Crescent.


Garden Notes: Great plant! Starts blooming end of July till cooler days of fall. Hummingbirds love it and butterflies feed on nectar as well. Throws seed several feet to get new plants, not hard to remove.

Amorpha fruiticosa

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Common Name: Indigo Bush
Bloom Season: Late Spring
Bloom Color: Purple
Water Needs: Moderate Water

Ideal Sun Conditions: Full Sun

Mature Height: 72"
Mature Width: 60"
Description:

Deciduous 6-8 ft shrub. Purple flowers, Butterflies. Purported to be a larval host plant for the Orange Sulphur butterfly.


Garden Notes: Native to PH- sandy soils along streams. I have had it for six years and have not had a volunteer on my clay soil. Rapid seed spread along waters edge. Little to no seed spread in drier growing conditions. Easy to grow in yard settings.