What is the Texas shrub with purple flowers?

One of the most common shrubs with purple flowers in Texas is the Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus). The vitex shrub, which grows in Northern Texas, produces purple spikes of lavender blossoms that bloom mostly throughout summer and fall.

Its height ranges between ten to fifteen feet and goes up to fifteen feet wide. Vitex is deciduous, drought-resistant, and pest tolerant. 

It thrives in full sun exposure, up to six hours of sun daily. It can grow on any soil type as long as it is loose and well-drained. It should be acidic to slightly alkaline, between 5.6 to 7.5 Ph. 

Texas plants with purple flowers
Vitex also known as Texas Lilac Tree

Small Trees and Shrubs of Texas PDFSource

What Are the Purple Bushes in Texas?

There are many purple bushes grow that well in Texas. While some are perennial, others bloom during specific seasons. Here are some of them:

Henry Duelberg’ Salvia (Salvia farinacea)

Purple Texas wildflower - Salvia in forest
Texas wildflowers identification – Salvia

Henry Duelberg’ Salvia is a Texas native purple flowering bush that grows three feet in height and width. It thrives under full sun exposure and well-drained soils. The plant blooms with beautiful flowers that attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies on and off during spring and through fall.

Spotted Beebalm (Monarda punctata)

Monarda punctata grows up to 45 to 60 cm high and 23 to 30 cm wide. It blooms with purple, fragrant flowers from early to mid-summer. The perennial bush thrives in full sun exposure and well-drained medium moisture sandy and loamy soil with acidic, alkaline, or neutral Ph. It is resistant to dry soil, dear, and drought.

How to grow Potted Bee Balm, popular Texas bloom also known as Wild Bergamot

Rose Bushes (Rosa)

Rose bushes (purple plants Texas) start blooming in the spring, and some varieties bloom in the fall. Some rose bush species are perennial and will bloom all year round. They thrive in full sun (six to eight hours) exposure. If the climate is hot, a rose bush that grows in partial shade will do better.  The shade should protect the leaves from the afternoon sun scorching.

What Is Texas Purple Sage?

A Texas purple sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) is a native plant that is significantly useful to wildlife and soil. The flowers range from purple, lavender, pink, blue, and white. It starts to blossom in spring and extends in six weeks intervals until fall.

Texas sage is drought resistant and blooms perfectly after a storm of rain. This shrub thrives in full sun exposure or partial shade. It is an evergreen plant that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. 

Purple shrubs in Texas
Texas Purple Flower – Sage

Purple Flowering Bush Identification

Identification of purple flower bushes can be a little tricky, but it is possible. The best time to classify bushes is during spring, when most are blooming. In the spring, you can study the flowers and the leaves for classification.

Besides the bloom season, one can identify purple flower bushes on the type; some are deciduous, and others are evergreen.

Another significant aspect of purple bush identification is the height and width. Each bush has a maximum height and width different from others.

While some bushes are purely purple, others bear various flower shades from pink, white, lavender, and blue, which qualifies color as a factor of identification.

Shrubs With Purple Flowers

There are various shrubs that grace the land with stunning purple flowers and the list includes:

Purple plants Texas – common name Botanical name Bloom season and conditions
Lilac BushSyringa vulgarisIt is a deciduous shrub. It thrives in full-time sun exposure and well-drained loamy soil. It prefers a neutral pH. This another purple spring bloomer that fills outdoor spaces quickly
Butterfly BushBuddleia davidiiIt is a fast-growing deciduous shrub. It requires exposure to full sun for maximum bloom. It grows on a varying soil pH. The bloom season for butterfly bush is summer and fall. It attracts birds and butterflies.
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacusIt is a deciduous shrub. Flower shades range from white to pink to red wine, and most are purple. Blooming starts in July and may prolong to early October. It requires partial shade to full sun exposure to bloom properly. It thrives in medium moisture soil that is neutral to alkaline in pH. The mature size is 8 to 10 inches tall and 6 to 10 inches wide.
LilacsSyringa VulgarisLilac is a year-round shrub. It grows up to 12 to 16 inches tall and spreads up to eight to twelve inches. Lilacs thrive in full sun exposure and medium moisture soil with neutral pH. Its bloom time is May.
Rhododendron ‘P.J.M.’RhododendronRhododendron ‘P.J.M.’ grows up to 3 to 6 inches tall and 3 to 7 inches wide. It requires partial to full shade to flourish. The shrub prefers acidic pH. Medium moisture soil supports its growth. It blooms in April with stunning purple flowers. Many people have a soft spot for this plant.
SpireaSpiraea JaponicaIt is a deciduous shrub. The mature size is 4 to 6 inches in height and width. It grows best in partial shade. It prefers medium moisture soil of acidic pH.  It blooms from April to May with reddish-purple flowers.
6 of the most common Texan shrubs with purple colored blooms

Infographic: Purple flowers names – Shrubs

What is the Texas shrub with purple flowers? 5 examples
Infographic: Purple flowers in Texas

Purple Shrubs and Bushes

Many bushes and shrubs grace the land and atmosphere with stunning purple flowers and fragrance in different seasons. Here are some of them:

  • Ann Magnolia
  • Purple Hebe
  • Sand Cherry
  • Smokebush
  • Loropetalum
  • Bougainvillea
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Golden Dewdrops
  • American Wisteria

All these bushes and shrubs have attractive purple leaves.

What Are the Names of Some purple flowers in Texas?

Every season of the year has its unique type of purple flowers displaying their beauty. Take a look at some of the purple flowers. Some of them are great

  • China Aster
  • Purple Coneflower – known for its medicinal uses (upright CF known as ratibida columnifera)
  • Italian Aster
  • Waxflower
  • Crocus
  • Wild hyacinth
  • Blue-eyed Grass
  • Blackcurrant swirl moonflower
  • Balloon flower
  • Bell heather
  • Black-eyed Susan

Which Evergreen Shrub Has Purple Flowers?

Texas purple wildflowers - Heather flowers in field
Heather is one of the most common purple wildflowers in Texas, often used for ground cover

Heather is the evergreen shrub that produces tiny purple flowers. It attains a mature height of 20 to 50 cm. The typical blooming season for heather is summer and fall. It requires moist but not soggy soil to thrive. The best pH is acidic. It grows just about anywhere and thrives in coastal areas.

It flourishes in partial shade to full sun exposure. The soil type will determine the variety of heather that grows in a particular area. Great addition to a perennial border. Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia) is another variation.

For instance, winter and spring flowering heathers prefer acidic to slightly alkaline soils, while summer flowering heathers thrive in chalky, acidic-free soils. 

More purple flowers in Texas

Lilac Bush

Purple flowering bush Texas - Lilac flowers
Lilac shrubs don’t need a lot of care, just the right conditions to grow and some pruning

Soil should be neutral or slightly alkaline (pH 7) for best results. You can fertilize these violet flowered shrubs with a phosphorus – rich fertilizer in spring.

Lilac shrubs don’t need a lot of maintenance, but they should be pruned after flowering. They like plenty of sunshine and well-drained soil, although they can tolerate some shady conditions for part of the day.

Read more – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Butterfly Bush

Trees with purple flowers - butterfly Bush
A butterfly feeding on a Butterfly Bush bloom
Scientific Name and FamilyBuddleja davidii from Scrophulariaceae Family
FamilyScrophulariaceae
Type of plantMedium-size perennial shrub
Size fully grownUp to 12 feet tall and 7 feet wide
SunFull sunshine, needs ample water
Type of soilLikes well-drained soil but keep it moist
Soil pHFrom neutral to acidic limestone soils
When does it flower?Summer
Flower ColoursCan be Purple, blue, white, yellow or pink
Originates fromAsia
Best growing conditions for the Butterfly Bush in Texas

Rose of Sharon

Purple trees in Texas - Rose of Sharon
Pinkish-purple large petals of the Rose of Sharon bush
Full SizeUp to 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide
Sun Likes full or partial exposure
SoilKeep it most but well-drained (add sand if too much clay)
Soil pHSlightly acidic to neutral
When does it bloom?Late summer and fall
Flower ColorPink, purple, lavender, white, red or blue, white with dark center
Rose of Sharon growing conditions for best results

What is so special about the rose of Sharon?

Rose of Sharon is the name of several species of plants around the world and the name comes from the Bible. This common flowering shrub known in Texas has the botanical name of Hibiscus syriacus.

Is Hibiscus and rose of Sharon the same?

Rose of Sharon is in the broad Hibiscus Family but all Hibiscus plants aren’t Rose of Sharon

Where does rose of Sharon grow best?

In the Northern States of USA it’s very easy to grow, liking lots of sunshine and minimal maintenance. It does well in the Southern States but need to be protected from intense sunshine, in the afternoons, say.

How long does a rose of Sharon live?

Rose of Sharon is a long-living shrub – it can keep on producing pink, white or purplish flowers for up to 30 years, so it’s a keeper!

Spirea

Purple blooming tree Texas - Spirea
Spirea flowers can be pinkish-purple, but mostly white
FamilyRosaceae
Type Spirea is perennial shrub
Size full grownUp to 20 feet in height
SunLikes full sun
SoilWell drained, loamy soil with neutral pH, moderately fertile
When does it flower?Spring and summer
Bloom ColorWide variety but can be mauve or lilac
Spirea is a common flowering shrub – best growing conditions

Spirea is quite hardy and is quite dormant in Winter. This is a great time to cut it back if it’s grown a lot during the summer months.

When first planted, it should be watered well and then reduced as it takes hold. Always water deeply but not too often. This way the roots will grow deep and strong. Grows well in Texas and New Mexico.

Johnson Wildflower Center – Spirea

Video summary common Texas flowers with mauve flowers

Blue wildflowers in Texas

FAQ relating to bushes with purple flowers in Texas

What are the purple blooming trees in Texas?

It could be any one of these common shrubs:

  • Chaste Tree (Vitex)
  • Crepe Myrtle – very common in San Antonio district
  • Desert Willow
  • Purple Orchid Tree
  • Purple Lily Magnolia
  • Texas Smoke Tree
  • Royal Empress Tree
  • Texas Redbud
  • Purple Diamond Loropetalum (noted for it’s dark green glossy foliage)
  • Texas lignum-vitae

What trees bloom purple in April?

  • Orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata)
  • Texas Mountain Laurel
  • Vitex
  • Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus)
  • Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp)
  • Magnolia ‘Royal Purple’ (Magnolia x soulangeana)woody vine
  • Lilac Bush (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia)
  • Dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Jacaranda

What flowers bloom in Texas in the spring?

  • Dusty Miller
  • Sweet alyssum – from June to October. Identify by its lance-shaped gray-green foliage
  • Godetia
  • Daffodils
  • Geraniums
  • Zinnia – flowers in pink, white, purple, red with mid-green foliage: a low-maintenance plant
  • Texas Bluebell – distinctive for its blue-green foliage and tulip-shaped deep blue flowers
  • Alliumconsidered invasive in some regions
  • Snapdragons
  • Petunias
  • Purple Gerardia – also known as purple false Foxglove
  • Purple Verbena (Praire Verbana) – delicate purple star-shaped flowers
  • Purple Heart – grows attractive narrow pointed purple foliage
  • Texas Bluebonnets
  • Mexican Hat
  • Agalinis purpurea (false foxglove)
  • Wine cup – plant wine cup seeds early spring
  • Pink evening primrose
  • Morning glory
  • Blazing Star

Resources:

15 Best Texas Purple Flowers | Purple Plants in Texas

Vitex are my favorite purple flowering tree in Texas

Bush with purple flowers – Vitex, Texas Lilac, or Chaste Tree

Flowering Shrubs: Summer Color that Beats the Heat

Clarisse Walters

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