Thursday, January 23, 2014

Leucophyllum frutescens - Ash Plant

Leucophyllum frutescens (Ash Plant, Purple sage, Texas silver leaf),  is a flowering perennial shrub with arching  branches of lovely silver leaves. Both the flowers and leaves  are wooly or velvety in texture.

 
 
The silver leaves are the perfect foil for the dainty rose-magenta flowers.


Solitary flowers are studded over the whole shrub like ornaments.


Branches are long and bear flowers over the whole length.


Flower buds are waiting to pop over the next few days.


Leaves appear velvety and luxurious.



Peablue butterflies can frequently be seen flitting in and out of the shrub.


A leafhopper lurked between two leaves for shelter, security and substennance.



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