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Phlomis fruticosa - Jerusalem Sage
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage) - A large, multi-stemmed, broad shrub growing to about 4 feet tall and wide with 2 to 3 inch long lance-shaped, soft woolly-gray leaves that are white beneath. The 1 inch long bright lemon-yellow woolly flower are in whorls on erect stems from spring through summer. Plant in full sun to light shade. Drought tolerant and cold tolerant to at least 18 F (as cold as we experienced in our December 1990 freeze) and it has been reported to us as surviving a three day cold spell with nighttime temperatures down to 10 F and daytime temperatures below freezing. It is also reported to be resistant to oak root fungus. Phlomis fruticosa has a wide distribution from the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia, Crete, Cyprus and Malta north through Greece, Italy the area formerly called Yugoslavia, Turkey into the southern areas of the former Russian states. The name for the genus dates back to the first century AD from the Greek physician Dioscorides use of the word to describe some plants in the genus and it thought to originate from the Greek word meaning "flame" because the leaves of some species were used for lamp wicks. The specific epithet is from the Latin word meaning "shrubby".  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Phlomis fruticosa .
 
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