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 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

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)

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.

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 scortching.

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 .
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, 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.
Lilacs Syringa VulgarisLilac is a year-round shrub. It grows up to 12 to 16 inches tall and spreads up to eight to twelve inches. Lilacs thieve 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.
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.

Infographic: Shrubs with purple flowers

What is the Texas shrub with purple flowers?
Infographic: Shrubs With Purple Flowers

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

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.

  • China Aster
  • Coneflower
  • Italian Aster
  • Waxflower
  • Crocus
  • Wild hyacinth
  • Blue-eyed Grass
  • Blackcurrant swirl moonflower
  • Balloon flower
  • Bell heather

Which Evergreen Shrub Has Purple Flowers?

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 flourishes in partial shade to full sun exposure. The soil type will determine the variety of heather that grows in a particular area. For instance, winter and spring flowering heathers prefer acidic to slightly alkaline soils, while summer flowering heathers thrive in chalky, acidic-free soils. 


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