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Phlomis 'Grande Verde' - 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
Synonyms: [P. 'Edward Bowles]
Parentage: (P. russeliana x P. fruticosa)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Phlomis 'Grande Verde' (Jerusalem Sage) - A medium-sized shrub that grows to 4-5 feet tall by at least as wide with large (2-3 inch long) lance-shaped, soft woolly green leaves that are white beneath. The 1 inch long, bright lemon yellow flower appear in whorls on erect stems spring through summer. It is cold tolerant to at least 18 degrees F. We have grown this plant since the early 1980s when it first mysteriously appeared in the nursery trade in California as a form of Phlomis fruticosa. It had such large green leaves and was so different from typical Phlomis fruticosa that we gave it the name "Grande Verde" to differentiate it from Phlomis fruticosa. Under the name 'Grande Verde' it has become a very popular landscape plant in California but through conversations with other horticulturists, and from information gleaned the book Phlomis by Jim Mann Taylor, it appears that this plant may actually be a cultivar called Edward Bowles that was first introduced in 1967 by Hilliers Nursery and thought to be a cross between two other species that we grow, the large leaf perennial Phlomis russeliana and the shrubby Phlomis fruticosa. It reportedly originated from seed collected in the garden at Myddelton House that formerly had been cultivated by the famed British horticulturalist Edward Augustus (E. A.) Bowles (1865-1954). Because we have long grown it under the name 'Grande Verde' and our customers know if by this name, we continue to list it as such but cross reference it as possibly being the cultivar 'Edward Bowles'. 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 other possible parent, Phlomis russeliana, is endemic to Turkey. 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. We have offered this plant at the nursery since 1989.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Phlomis 'Grande Verde'.