Phlomis fruticosa ‘Jerusalem Sage’
A large, multi-stemmed perennial shrub that grows 4 feet tall and wide, and is covered with masses of clove-scented golden-yellow blooms. Phlomis fruticosa ‘Jerusalem Sage’ is one of those plants, that when planted in the landscape, draws attention to itself. The erect branches have 2-3 inch, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves with 1 inch, ball-shaped whorls along the upper half of the stem. These whorls open up to fuzzy, hooded, golden flowers. Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds are attracted to these beauties but Deer and Rabbits seem to stay away.
‘Jerusalem Sage’ is a recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It is native to Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Turkey and countries of the former Yugoslavia. In a typical year, it will have multiple bloom cycles from spring through fall. Deadhead spent blooms to promote new blooms. In the late fall, prune plant back by half to keep compact.
The Sunset Western Climate Zones are 3B – 24 and it is cold hardy to about 18°F. Plant in full sun to light shade, in well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established. We are currently growing Phlomis fruticosa ‘Jerusalem Sage’ in 5 gallon containers. Visit our website to see photos of the outstanding plants and we invite to follow us on Instagram @clearwatercolornursery.