Southwest Plant of the Month – Big Bend Silverleaf
Southwest Plant of the Month
Big Bend Silverleaf
Plant Form: Shrub
Plant Size: 4’ x 4’
Plant Type: Evergreen
Water Usage: Low
Colors: Blue, Purple
Physical Description: Densely foliaged, compact, rounded shrub with soft velvety, silver-gray leaves and stems, and intense deep blue-violet flowers following heavy rains from late spring to fall. Very drought tolerant.
Care and Maintenance: Overwatering and/or poor drainage will quickly kill this plant.
Gardener’s notes: Naturally tidy and compact in full sun. Chihuahuan desert native with several cultivars released by Texas A&M including “Silver Cloud” and “Thunder Cloud”. Similar El Paso area native, L. minus, is seldom commercially available but a hybrid with L. frutescens, “Rain Cloud” can be found commercially.
Southwest Plant of the Month material courtesy of NMSU ACES