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Description

The Texas ranger is large evergreen flowering shrub mounding 6-8 ft. tall and as wide. Foliage is comprised of distinctive silvery-gray leaves; showy flowers are pale to deep rose-pink. Texas ranger grows in arid regions of New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico on well-drained limestone soils.

Texas ranger has been a popular flowering shrub in southern California for many years, particularly in southwestern style gardens where it is appreciated for its foliage and flowering color. It can be clipped and shaped for more uniform character as well as for use as a hedge or border plant. The standard size species can become too large for garden spaces; one cultivar, L. f. 'Compacta' has similar flowering character, tightly clustered leaves and grows into a dense mound to 5 ft. in size.

Water Needs

The Texas ranger is highly adapted to hot and sunny garden locations on well drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water during summer. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water. More water in the spring will result in a longer flowering season; watering in the fall will result in a second bloom cycle.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 2

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 1x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 1" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"-14"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

 
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 5 ft. - 8 ft.
Width: 5 ft. - 8 ft.
Water Needs: Low 2
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Calcareous soil, Alkaline soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Frost, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Background plant, Attracts butterflies, Hedge

Maintenance

May be pruned as a hedge or shrub. Main pruning is best done in winter (D). Old or leggy plants may be pruned all the way to the ground to reinvigorate (4).

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