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Leucophyllum zygophyllum (Blue ranger)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Leucophyllum zygophyllum

Other names

Blue ranger

Genus

Leucophyllum Leucophyllum

Species

L. zygophyllum - L. zygophyllum is an upright, bushy, borderline hardy, evergreen shrub with rounded, slightly cupped, densely hairy, silvery grey-green leaves and open-bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers from summer into autumn.


Leucophyllum zygophyllum is: Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Dense

Flower

Violet, Blue in Summer; Violet, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green, Silvery-grey in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Usually requires little to no pruning. Pruning group 10 in late winter or early spring before buds swell. To avoid leggy growth, avoid growing in shade, tip prune after flowering, and keep the soil dry and lean.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Leucophyllum zygophyllum (Blue ranger) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Mediterranean, Rock, Wallside and trellises, Hedging/Screens, Gravel, Containers, Conservatory, Coastal, City, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny, sheltered site. Best with infrequent yet regular water in summer. Drought tolerant once established. Flowering is reduced in fertile soils. Not fully hardy so protect in winter. Does not tolerate waterlogged conditions or any winter wet. Suitable for growing as an informal hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Leucophyllum zygophyllum

Other names

Blue ranger

Genus

Leucophyllum Leucophyllum

Species

L. zygophyllum - L. zygophyllum is an upright, bushy, borderline hardy, evergreen shrub with rounded, slightly cupped, densely hairy, silvery grey-green leaves and open-bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers from summer into autumn.

Native to

Mexico, Southwestern United States

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Dense


Colour

Flower

Violet, Blue in Summer; Violet, Blue in Autumn

Foliage

Grey-green, Silvery-grey in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Usually requires little to no pruning. Pruning group 10 in late winter or early spring before buds swell. To avoid leggy growth, avoid growing in shade, tip prune after flowering, and keep the soil dry and lean.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Leucophyllum zygophyllum (Blue ranger) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Mediterranean, Rock, Wallside and trellises, Hedging/Screens, Gravel, Containers, Conservatory, Coastal, City, Beds and borders

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny, sheltered site. Best with infrequent yet regular water in summer. Drought tolerant once established. Flowering is reduced in fertile soils. Not fully hardy so protect in winter. Does not tolerate waterlogged conditions or any winter wet. Suitable for growing as an informal hedge.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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