Help with plant ID

jardineratxOctober 23, 2011

On a trip to Victoria, tx this weekend, we saw a raised bed full of this beautiful small shrub. At a distance it appeared to be Texas sage, but as I came close to take my photos, it was obvious that this is something else. Any ideas?

From October 23, 2011

From October 23, 2011

Molly

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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

There is a "green cloud" form of that plant that is green?

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 10:18PM
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jardineratx

This plant does not have the upright growth habit of Texas Sage, but a cascading growth habit, (about 3 foot tall). As a matter of fact, there is a Texas Sage planted at the end of the same bed and they are not the same plant. The leaves of the mystery plant are small and thick, almost like a succuclent.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 10:40PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I think there are many versions of texas sage.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 2:04AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Maybe it would help with the ID to see a closeup of the flowers and leaves.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 9:42AM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

I tried clicking it to make it larger but it wouldn't let me.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 11:06AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Perhaps you can crop the original photo down to show a small area, put the cropped version on Picasso, and then post it.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 12:25PM
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jardineratx

Maybe this will be a little better.

Molly
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    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 2:26PM
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soxxxx

Whatever it is, you have made all of us want it.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 2:33PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Soxxx, I agree! It's beautiful.

The shape of the flowers, with two petals up and three down with a yellow speckled throat, look like Texas sage flowers to me.

What do the rest of you think?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 3:54PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

If I'm right about the green cloud sage thing I'm gunna faint...I'm never right!
That sure is pretty. I'll bet at the very least it's native to TX or the Southwest.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 4:14PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Maybe beach vitex? Pretty but supposed to be invasive

Here is a link that might be useful: Vitex rotundifolia

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 4:53PM
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jardineratx

I'm familiar with Green Cloud sage and the more common Texas sage, which you can see at the right corner of this photo growing next to the bed of mystery plants. You can also see from this photo that the mystery plant has a mounding, cascading growth habit.
I'm sure it is a cenizo, but it grows so differently from the Leucophyllum frutescens.
From October 23, 2011

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 5:09PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Wow Molly -- that's a pretty thing. I hope we can get a definite ID of variety. If no one here can ID it maybe put it on the Name That Plant Forum.

Kathy, Beach vitex is a very good guess, but I grow Beach vitex, and love it, but the flowers are different. Here's a picture.

By the way, I think Beach vitex is only invasive on beaches. I'm trying to get more plants by pinning some branches on the ground.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 5:16PM
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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

My best guess is Chihuahuan Sage (Leucophyllum laevigatum). Its green foliage matches your picture, and the relaxed growth habit is said to contrast well with Texas Sage.

Ty

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 6:38PM
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jardineratx

YEAY!!! I looked up the Chihuahua sage and browsed through several images on the internet and I am sure that's it. This planting is on the side of the Victoria courthouse and in front of their jail in full, hot sun in a raised bed with a gravel-based soil.
Thank you so much....now I know what to look for. A hunting I will go!
Molly

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 6:46PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thank you Exotic Natives for the ID and Molly for introducing it to us. Now we'll know what to watch for, and what it is if we see it.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 7:50PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

PJ -- you got the right family!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2011 at 7:52PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

*sob* ttthank you ms. roselee. :)

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 10:05AM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

it's native to Tx and can tolerate down to 18 degrees. It's very pretty but I'm out of room!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2011 at 10:09AM
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