Full sun (any shade makes it grow leggy.) Cenizo is evergreen, with silvery foliage covered with tiny dusty hairs. Sweet-scented pink flowers appear briefly after rain events in summer and fall. Texas Sage is another name for the same plant; cenizo (“ashen”) is a Spanish reference to the silvery leaf color.
Cenizo tolerates poor soil, full sun, and drought, and thrives with or without rain. It is among the most drought-tolerant of all large landscape shrubs and makes a useful standard by which others can be measured. In fact, overwatering compromises cenizo’s tidy shape, makes it messy, and encourages cotton root rot. Mild hedging or tip pruning in spring and early summer is usually enough to preserve a dense form; avoid shearing it too harshly.