Ellen Zagory / Special to The Bee

The Texas ranger is a fairly tall plant, topping out about 6 feet. It grows densely and is colorful. Best of all it needs little attention.

Durable Delights: Texas ranger

Published: Saturday, May. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7CALIFORNIA LIFE
Last Modified: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 6:53 pm

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum Durable Delights, 30 can't-fail, easy-care plants well-adapted to our region.

Texas ranger

Leucophyllum frutescens "Compacta" or "Green Cloud"

Size:/a Under 6 feet tall

Bloom season: Late spring, summer

Exposure: Full sun

Pruning needs: Little or none; prune to shape and control growth

Water needs: Once established, water deeply every two weeks.

Snapshot: This dense-growing, medium-sized shrub has fuzzy, gray-green leaves all year with showy, bright lavender-violet flowers that bloom spring and summer. It tolerates heat, wind and alkaline soil, and can be clipped to shape or grown as a loose hedge. The Compacta and Green Cloud varieties stay smaller than other Texas rangers. Both attract bees and other beneficial insects. You can see them in the arboretum's Southwestern collection on the UC Davis campus.

• For more on Durable Delights, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu

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