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Texas Sage, Leucophyllum frutescens 'Lynn Lowrey's Dwarf Everblooming'

By frostweed
December 6, 2013

This Texas Sage variety was discovered by Lynn Lowrey while he was on one of his road trips in search of new and different native plants. He found it by the side of the road and was astonished by its shade of color and beauty. He took a cutting to his greenhouse and propagated it so that everyone could enjoy it.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 6, 2013 7:23 AM CST

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I'm convinced, but where does one obtain this?
Name: Danita
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Danita
Dec 6, 2013 8:08 AM CST
My question exactly!

Gorgeous plant! Lovey dubby
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 6, 2013 9:31 AM CST
Well Dave and Danita, let me tell you a story.
Molly the director of the Wildscape where I volunteer got this plant a few years ago.
I called her this morning and she said she forgot where she got it, she is 85 so it is understandable.

I tried calling nurseries this morning where she might have gotten it, but we are under a big blanket of ice and everything is closed. I will try again when things melt and power has been restored, many places are out at this time, we are some of the lucky ones.

In the meantime I will say that this plant doesn't make seed, since it is a hybrid, so propagation is by cuttings.
Cuttings are difficult to root, but I have been able to get them to root a few times.
I could send cuttings in the spring, the plant although evergreen is not at it's best right now, cold and covered with ice.

The plant in the pictures is at Fielder House Butterfly garden, which I started seven years ago, and has done very well, the soil there is sandy, and it is in mostly sun.
The ones I planted at my house have not made it, which makes me very sad, I have heavy clay and part shade.
To make a long story short, I will check for nurseries and I can send cuttings in spring when new growth starts.

Thank you Dave for adding it to the database and for rearranging the pictures in the article, it sure looks a lot better.
Thank you Everyone for your interest in Texas native plants, they are my passion.

This is my converted front yard before the ice storm.
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Dec 6, 2013 9:34 AM CST
So lovely! Please post if you find a local source.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 6, 2013 10:41 AM CST

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I'd definitely be interested in getting some cuttings from you in the spring. We need to get this wonderful plant out there and grown more. I have plenty of sand and plenty of sun. Smiling Texas Sages grow really well for us.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 6, 2013 10:45 AM CST
Excellent!! I will be sure to send some to you, and I am glad you have the right soil for it. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 6, 2013 9:26 PM CST
Josephine! You are really trying to get me into the shrubs, aren't you? My gosh, this is a gorgeous shrub! Please tell me it would grow for me in GA if I can amend the soil to a more sandy soil!

I will be watching this post to see if anyone finds a source, local or not. I may resort to bribery to get someone to send me one!
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 6, 2013 10:25 PM CST
Josephine,

Late last night I emailed Kermit Carter at Flowers By The Sea (who's company specializes in Salvias), sent him the link to the plant & article you posted and asked if he could get it. He emailed back today and said he's interested in getting it.

He's a fellow ATP member also. Username = FBTS
http://garden.org/users/profile/FBTS/

Would you email him and mail a cutting or two to him? He could make a lot more cuttings and be able to offer that Salvia to everyone!

http://www.fbts.com/

http://www.fbts.com/contact-us.html (contact email form)

Thanks so much! Group hug Thumbs up

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 6, 2013 10:42 PM CST
Well, first of all this is not the time to take cuttings, the plant is encased in ice, second it is not a Salvia, but I will see what I can do when the time is right. Smiling
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 7, 2013 7:19 PM CST
Thanks! I tip my hat to you. Group hug Thumbs up
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 7, 2013 9:06 PM CST
Nice to see this xeric plant promoted, they have become incredibly popular in the Phoenix area - because they are as beautiful as they are tough. We have them planted on the highways here, which is no place for much other than rocks to survive, but they do.

Now, if we could just get the landscapers to stop trying to form them into little balls and boxes.... grrr....

Here is a link to a Phoenix wholesale nursery that grows a number of Leucophyllum cultivars and species. http://www.mswn.com/plants/database/?letter=L&name=leucophyl...

They grow Lynn's Legacy (another name for the same cultivar, as noted on their info sheet) If you look at the top navigation bar, they give a list of their of retail outlets, some of which are in Texas.

For those of you who are interested in this plant and live in a wetter area than recommended, you might want to try the Leucophyllum langmaniae 'Compacta' which is said to tolerate more water than the typical Leucophyllum. I have two of them, along with a couple of "Green Cloud"s, and a whole bunch of the "Rio Bravo" type, which I haven't seen bloom yet.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 7, 2013 9:15 PM CST
Wow!! thank you very much for finding the site and posting the link.
Now everyone can order if they so desire. Smiling
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 7, 2013 9:21 PM CST
Well, maybe, lol - Mountain States is wholesale, so you have to find a place that sells them.

But I do know of a pretty reliable resource here in town, so if you can't find one near you, let me know. So far I've had no luck propagating these plants, but I really need to give it a shot in spring instead of fall!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Dec 7, 2013 9:30 PM CST
Yes, the plant is difficult to propagate.
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
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sheryl
Dec 7, 2013 9:44 PM CST
Have you had any luck?
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Dec 7, 2013 11:35 PM CST
Yes, two or three times I have been able to root a batch, but they are very slow to root, six to eight weeks or longer. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Dec 8, 2013 9:10 AM CST
frostweed, that's not slow! Rolling on the floor laughing just put in water and forget! That's how I get some things I never thought would root to work, like rosemary. Actually, it was just an accident, but I was happy about it! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 8, 2013 9:20 PM CST
Oh geez, I'm with you on the rosemary. Never did get anywhere...

Did you use heat or anything, Josephine? I'm afraid of using too much humidity with them.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Dec 8, 2013 10:49 PM CST
No heat under them, but the greenhouse is heated. They were potted in soil in a rather humid greenhouse, I will try to take a picture when I go there.
Right now we are under a big blanket of ice. Rolling my eyes.
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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sheryl
Dec 19, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Oh dear!
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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