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How to Care for a Texas Sage Bush

By Elizabeth Balarini ; Updated September 21, 2017

A Texas sage bush--also known as "cenizo"--is native to Texas. The plant grows as a mid-sized compact shrub, and has thin silvery leaves. Atmospheric humidity right before or after a rain causes the plant to bloom. For this reason, Texas sage bush is often referred to as a "barometric bush." Texas sage is found in the southern United States, and needs specific care in order to grow.

Plant Texas sage in full sun, where the plant receives at least eight hours of sun per day. Shade stunts the growth of a Texas sage bush. Sage bushes that receive too much shade do not bloom.

Water the Texas sage bush very rarely, if at all. Texas sage bushes do not like moisture. The plant can survive on occasional rains. Water only if your area is rain-free for several months. Avoid watering during the late fall and winter months. Texas sage is dormant during cold months, and will not drink water during these months.

Prune during early March, using pruning shears. Cut off dead wood, and thin, sickly stems. Do not over-trim or try to shape the plant. The uneven, bushy look is part of the Texas sage's charm, and it grows best when allowed to grow naturally.

Refrain from using fertilizers. The Texas sage is a strong and hardy plant that has adapted itself to a harsh environment. The plant thrives on neglect, and grows independent of any outside assistance from a home gardener.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears

About the Author


Elizabeth Balarini is a freelance writer and professional blogger who began writing professionally in 2006. Her work has been published on several websites. Her articles focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, home and garden, and health and wellness. Balarini majored in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio.