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RE: Pam drought......Cenizo

I like the silver foliage best myself but here you really have to hunt to
find that variety, most nurseries carry the green one. But it really is
pretty in bloom, the lavender against the grey is much nicer than the green.
Here it blooms on and off throughout the summer - supposedly it blooms a
week or so after a rain, but I have not noticed any pattern after I water in
the dry garden. I have seen some that are just huge, but mine stay right
around 4' tall.
Another plant I need more of for my dry garden is red yucca (hesperaloe
parviflora). The hummingbirds love the flowers and it too blooms off and on
all summer. Unfortunately the gophers love the roots, I have lost six or
seven plants during the year. Next spring I'm going to put in more but make
wire baskets for them.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of TeichFlora@aol.com
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 5:45 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Pam drought......Cenizo

Pam, you'll love the Cenizo, Leucophyllum frutescens, it is not  only
tolerant, but it requires drought.  This is probably the best  plant for dry

areas.  I have had one for years, but it's barely hanging in  there.  It r
eally requires dry conditions and EXCELLENT  drainage.   So you might want
plant it a bit raised...not  necessarily raised bed, but just raised up
some, so 
in case it does rain, it  doesn't get too wet.  I've lost major sections of 
mine after rainy  seasons.......and it's in a raised area with other west
plants that I  never give supplimental water too, other than the rains.  The

green  foliage variety seems to be a bit more water tolerant than the silver

leafed  one....although I seriously prefer the silver foliage.  It blooms
often, and is beautiful with the purplish blooms next to that wonderful
 foliage.   Great plant Pam.  There are so many wonderful  drought tolerant,

or even dry requiring plants out there.  My entire front  is done in those, 
that I never give any supplimental water to.  Mom got  tired of all the
and water restrictions imposed by the city of San  Antonio, so she planted 
all Tx. native dry plants in the full sun areas.   Beautiful.  She never has
supplimental water either....other than her  deck with many potted Hibiscus,

Plumerias and Bougainvillas...which definitely  keep her on her toes. 
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 11/10/2005 11:02:41 AM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Well I will be acquiring a  mature cenizo (Texas sage) from a downsizing
neighbor this weekend to fill  a hole, so that will help. I hate holes in my
garden. Like a gaping wound  to the eye and the soul. And this baby has
laughed at the drought, so I  KNOW it will be fine. I left my soaker hose
at a slow trickle all night  to save that St. Augustine up front. There's
just no time when it gets dark  so early. They say MAYBE some rain Saturday.
C'mon baby, bring it  on!

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