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Sage Texas Compact

Sage Texas Compact


Description: Compact Texas Sage is a compact and densely branched shrub with small, silvery-gray leaves that have a fuzzy texture. It belongs to the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). During periods of high humidity or after rain, it may produce small, delicate, tubular, lavender-pink flowers, typically in late summer or early fall. These blooms attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Despite its common name, Texas Sage is not a true sage (Salvia spp.), but it shares some similarities in appearance and fragrance.

Size: As its name suggests, Compact Texas Sage is a smaller variety of the species, typically reaching a height and width of around 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters). Its growth habit is naturally compact and rounded, making it suitable for use as a low hedge, border planting, or accent shrub in gardens and landscapes. However, occasional pruning may be necessary to maintain its shape and size.

Best Growing Zones: Compact Texas Sage is well-adapted to hot, dry climates and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11. It prefers regions with mild winters and long, hot summers, although it can tolerate a range of environmental conditions, including heat, drought, and poor soil. It may suffer damage or dieback if exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures, so it's best suited to frost-free areas.

Soil Requirements: This shrub prefers well-drained soil with minimal organic content and a slightly alkaline to neutral pH level. It can tolerate a variety of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soil, as long as it provides good drainage. Once established, Compact Texas Sage is highly drought-tolerant and requires little supplemental watering.

Maintenance: Compact Texas Sage is relatively low-maintenance once established. Pruning is typically not necessary for the health of the plant, but you can selectively prune to shape or rejuvenate the shrub if desired. Remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches using sharp, clean pruning shears. Avoid excessive pruning, as this may reduce flower production. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

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