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Phlomis fruticosa - L.

Common Name Jerusalem Sage, Shrubby Jerusalem sage
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry cliffs and rocky places in limestone hills to 1000 metres[184].
Range Europe - Mediterranean.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem Sage, Shrubby Jerusalem sage


(c) Margarida Moreira
Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem Sage, Shrubby Jerusalem sage
(c) Margarida Moreira

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Phlomis fruticosa is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.3 m (4ft 3in) by 1.5 m (5ft) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Can be grown as a low hedge, it is very tolerant of trimming. A good dense ground cover for a sunny sheltered position, though it needs weeding for the first year or so[197].

Special Uses

Ground cover  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border. Requires a well-drained soil in full sun[182] with shelter from cold winds[200]. Grows well in poor gravelly soils and on hot dry banks[182]. Grows better in the milder areas of Britain[197]. Prefers very little water in the summer. Established plants are drought resistant[190]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c when growing in a well-drained soil[202]. Plants flower most freely on young wood so any pruning is best done in late spring[202]. The leaves, when bruised, emit an aromatic sage-like perfume[245]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Fragrant foliage.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. It normally germinates quickly in warm weather. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Layering.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Phlomis lychnitisLamwick PlantShrub0.5 7-10  LMHNDM10 
Phlomis russelianaJerusalem SagePerennial1.0 5-9 MLMHSNDM002
Phlomis samia Perennial1.0 6-9  LMHSNDM002
Phlomis tuberosaTuberous Jerusalem sagePerennial1.5 5-9  LMHNDM20 
Phlomis umbrosa Perennial1.0 6-9  LMHNDM02 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

   Mon Jun 30 2008

The flowers can be pulled out and a bit of tasty nectar can be sucked out through the "straw". It is a favorite flower for the kids. Have rarely seen any bees or instects around the flowers. The flavor of the nectar varies as does the color of the flowers.

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