Photo by Melody

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Leucophyllum frutescens 'Bertstar Dwarf'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leucophyllum (loo-koh-FIL-um) (Info)
Species: frutescens (froo-TESS-enz) (Info)
Cultivar: Bertstar Dwarf
Additional cultivar information: (PP10855; aka Silverado)
Hybridized by Lacourse/Thomas; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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7 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral megmac On Dec 6, 2014, megmac from Ontario
Canada wrote:

Several months ago I was given a potted Texas Sage standard. Being in Ontario I have been keeping this plant indoors. The tree was doing well, showing new growth, however it seems to be struggling now. The tree has droopy leaves and they seem to fall off quite easily. The tree also hasnt produced any new growth for a while. Ive never tried to keep a tree like this indoors over the winter. Im wondering if anyone has any suggestions.

I have not transplanted it since it was given to me. I try not to water it to often. Perhaps it is not getting enough sunlight?

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Positive CAndersen On Dec 3, 2014, CAndersen from Apple Valley
United States wrote:

My picture shows Texas Ranger facing West close to the house. When in bloom it is a knockout site covered in bees busy getting nectar. When flowers are spent they drop making a litter mess but who cares after their wonderful show! They need to be trimmed down at least twice a year. Extra water seems to bring on the blooms. I have 11 and have had them for 15 years. Wonderful fragrance.
To megmac: Your climate zone is too cold for planting outside. I would give more water and keep it in a sunny window area inside and just hope for the best.

Positive Jo531 On Jun 22, 2012, Jo531 from Garland, TX wrote:

There are several varieties of Texas Sage. One is bushier at the bottom; therefore, looks better in "winter." I have a row of 4 in front of my front window facing east. From 10 am until 1 pm, very hot in summer. I water every day, because I am out watering any ways, but I don't need to. I sprinkle water on it too, but it likes the rain. I cut it back to 3' in the winter. Seems to helpl make the base bushier. Plants are easy to grow. Pest free. Bees love them. Beautiful dainty flowers Love them. Happy in 112 degrees like no other plants.

Neutral smokeyjoe11 On Jul 4, 2011, smokeyjoe11 from Sun Lakes, AZ wrote:

Is it possible to plant in a Pot or Box with drip system?

Positive JohnTS71 On Jul 13, 2010, JohnTS71 from San Antonio, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

you need to correct the height of this plant. Mine is around 7 feet tall now and about 5 feet wide. this took 2 years to grow like this from a small 1 foot tall plant bought from lowes.

Positive faithiep On May 29, 2009, faithiep from Oldsmar, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Love the plant, I'd just recommend that owners keep up with pruning...over the winter, my 3 plants suddenly got very leggy and kind of empty of leaves on the inside of the foliage, enough that they looked like they were having a problem. I pruned carefully and the insides filled out beautifully. Fast grower, resilient in our hot FL sun. One is in part-shade and it does fine too, just grows slower.

Positive Darmananda On Jul 8, 2008, Darmananda from New Iberia, LA wrote:

Avoid watering this plant since it is native to desert. Once established, occasional rain should be enough. For those of you who are worried about the plant not blooming, it isn't unusual. The plant is made bloom by rain (one hour or more of continuous drip) plus heat and humidity that follows. You will see lines of buds on the branches in between leaves a couple days after the rain. If you haven't gotten rain it won't bloom yet. Just wait for the rain and start checking for buds. I planted mine on some really bad clay soil surrounded by purchased gravels (not natural to the area). I didn't water after a week of planting (assumed it was settled) and now it only get watered when it rains. The plant is really full of silky and shiny grayish-green leaves. It bloomed twice since I planted it only a month or so ago, after the rain, and the bees love the flowers. The flowers will stay good only a couple of days. Then you have to wait for the next rain for more blooms. Also don't expect it to flower in winter, but I have yet to find out. Mine is just planted this summer. I love it so much that I bought two more and planted them in big, heavy cement containers. I am using poor, cheapass potting soil from Dollar General and there isn't any plant food balls in it! I was afraid to use expensive, rich potting mix. I am experimenting with containers. This experiment will also tell me if they will die out on me if I don't water in containers but they only get occasional rain water. I will move them to ground if I see they aren't doing as well as the one planted on the ground. Also don't fertilize it. Maybe you can do it once in spring but no more. Don't water it. Don't give it a rich soil either. Plant in poor clay, sandy soil (whatever you have in your ground upon digging the hole to plant it). Make the plant think it is desert by not watering and it should be happy. Mine is very healthy and I think it is a perfect plant for places where there isn't enough rain. I don't think it likes wet places that get too much rain being a desert plant. Good for reducing water bills. I am now looking for more desert plants that look good, bloom, and don't get too big, and are hardy to my zone (9b), and hopefully attract bees and birds. Good planting. Happy Gardener.

Comparing the one planted on the ground and the two planted in big cement pots. The ones in cement pots are blooming repeatedly. They have bloomed thrice since buying them from nursery and transplanting them in the abovementioned thick cement pots in the full morning sun outdoors. The cheapass potting soil from Dollar General has sand mix to it. It might be the case. I am attaching pictures of this bloom cycle (that's today). When I woke up this morning, the two pots were full of purple flowers and hundreds of bees getting the nectar. I have never seen so many bees at once. When you look at my pictures, look carefully for the bees. To prove my point, yes, it has been raining here this week.

However, the one planted on ground is blooming less. I saw sporadic blooms two weeks ago and haven't seen new buds yet while the ones in the cement pots are blooming like crazy. Plantwise, the one on the ground is more shrubby and is full of healthy silvergreen foliage. The ones in pots, however, have kind of weaker foliage that shed with wind and when lizards climb on them to catch bugs! I don't mind as long as they are producing those clusters of flowers repeatedly. I like the one on the ground as a shrub even without the blooms. I have now pruned it to create a rounded shape. It is lookin' good, baby. So I guess planting in pots and planting on the ground have both pros and cons of their own.

That's all folks. I hope you enjoy my pictures---and thanks for reading.

Positive diggo1 On May 12, 2007, diggo1 from Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased 4 of these shrubs tagged 'Silverado Sage' in a 1g pot
in '02, knowing well how risky it would be here
in central Arkansas. They are planted along a fairly busy street in questionable soil. Year 1: Lost most of foliage that winter.
Year 2: I left them alone, and they went crazy,
growing at least 2' that year with a few sporadic blooms.
Year 3: In the winter they shed at least half their foliage,
so I pruned them 1/4 back. They bloomed in late spring,
and then again in late fall. I HAVE NEVER PURPOSELY
TWICE A YEAR SINCE. This has been my pattern of care
for this shrub with MUCH SUCCESS!

Positive salvia_lover On Aug 19, 2004, salvia_lover from Modi'in
Israel wrote:

Here in Israel, this plant thrives. I never do anything to it other than give it regular water in the summer (we have NO precipitation May-Oct). It loves full sun and does great in our August heat. It doesn't mind pruning no matter how hard you cut it back and shape it. Definitely a nice addition to any garden.

Negative djtrl On Jul 1, 2004, djtrl from Tulsa, OK wrote:

I am not having much luck growing this plant in Tulsa, OK, where I purchased it. It is continually losing leaves and growing new foliage and has not bloomed at all in the last year. I see from the other notes that perhaps I am too far north. It is planted on the north side of a fence, so it gets lots of full sun during the summer, but not as much during the winter. Maybe I didn't water it enough last year after I planted it. Has anyone had any pest problems? How about soil conditions - mine's planted in kind of heavy soil. I loved the look of the plant when I bought it, so if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

Neutral htop On Sep 5, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, TX
The more common Texas sage has an irregular and open shape which can become leggy with the base of the plant losing its leaves and even branches with lack of light. An improvement in growth habit, 'Bertstar Dwarf' (trademark name Silverado Sage), is full and dense to the base, rounded in shape and reaches a height and width of 4 feet. By pruning, it can be kept at a lower heighth. Being drought and heat tolerant (once established), this plant is great in xeriscape gardens. Color Spot Nurseries, Southwest Division, in San Antonio, Texas and Turkey Creek Farms Inc. in Humble, Texas jointly introduced Silverado Sage.

Not having grown this variety myself, I can not give it a positive nor negative rating. However, I have observed it growing in several locations in San Antonio and I must say that it is an improvement over other cultivars which become quite "untidy" looking as the plant ages if not maintained by proper pruning. Do not over water and be sure to locate the plant in full sun.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)
Queen Creek, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Little Rock, Arkansas
Solgohachia, Arkansas
Canoga Park, California
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Menifee, California
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Boynton Beach, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Gibsonton, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Palm City, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Loganville, Georgia
Rutledge, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bossier City, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Pahrump, Nevada
La Luz, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Roseboro, North Carolina
Jenks, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Abilene, Texas
Alice, Texas
Andrews, Texas
Anna, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas
Big Spring, Texas
Brookshire, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Ennis, Texas
Ferris, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)
Garland, Texas (2 reports)
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kermit, Texas
Knox City, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Odessa, Texas
Portland, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Uvalde, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas

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