Purple Sage Texas’ “barometer” plant

Lyndel Moody
Staff Writer

In the semi-desert Cross Roads area, reds, browns and yellows colors usually dominate the visual senses but purple is the color most West Texans want to see.
Purple Sage, also known as Texas Sage, Texas Ranger, Texas Rain Sage, Cenizo, Texas Silverlead, Ash-Bush, Wild Lilac, Senisa, Cenicilla, Palo Cenzio or officially Leucophyllum frutescens is a native plant whose striking, purple blooms are usually associated with rainfall.
“It blooms anyway about the end of July to the first of August,” said Terri Johansen of Johansen’s Landscape and Nursery. “I think it sometimes blooms in between rains when we’ve gotten enough humidity.”

Read more in Monday's edition of the Big Spring Herald