History/general species info: This plant bears many names: Barometer Bush, Texas Ranger, Texas Rain Sage, Cenizo, Texas Silverleaf, Ash-bush, Wild Lilac, Purple Sage, Senisa, Cenicilla, Palo Cenizo, Hierba del Cenizo. Cenizo is one of our most outstanding native plants. Sheared cenizo hedges are a common sight, especially in municipal plantings.
Characteristics: Large shrub. Drought and heat tolerant. Maintenance-free once established. Deer-resistant. Compact form, with delicate silvery to gray-green leaves, and stunning displays of prolific blooms from summer into fall particularly after rain. It is sometimes called "barometer bush" because flowering is triggered by humidity or high soil moisture. Pest free.
Flower: Lavender Pink White
Planting / Care: After established, light pruning in late winter/early spring before buds form produces a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing shape. Watering in dry summer months will make it grow faster, however, overwatering or poor drainage will quickly kill it. Too much shade will promote leggy growth and less flowering. Hardy to 5 degrees.