Leucophyllum, commonly called Texas Sage, are among the most reliable and fool-proof of the low water use plants available in Arizona. In the past twenty years, many new species and varieties have been brought into cultivation.
The dozen-odd species are often called “sages”, although they have no relationship to the genus Salvia.
Leucophyllum shrubs are legendary for their ability to “forecast” rain, usually blooming several days prior to a rainstorm, apparently in response to humidity. They are sometimes called “barometer bush” for this reason. It is believed to be a survival trait in the plants’ semi-desert habitats.
Nectar plant, and host plant for the Calleta Silkmoth and Theona Checkerspot.