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Phlomis (Jerusalem Sage)
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Including Phlomis anatolica, Phlomis fruticosa, Phlomis russeliana, and Phlomis tuberosa

Phlomis

Jerusalem Sage

Drought resistant and hardy, this genus belongs to the Mint family and includes about 100 perennials and subshrubs from the Mediterranean and western Asia. Well suited to our California climate, many of the species will thrive in warm, sunny sites and dry woodland edges.

Whorls of purple, pink or yellow flowers bloom in the summer, providing long lasting dry stems and flower clusters for decoration in the garden or kitchen.

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Phlomis anatolica ‘Lloyd's Variety’  full sun  new plant

Brightened by white heavily veined undersides and light fuzzy stems, thick heart-shaped pewter green leaves craft a handsome flanneled appearance. Stiff swarthy stalks thrust upward, interspersed with large long lasting showy whorls of spicy scented helmet-like, rich yellow flowers. This rugged shrubby perennial develops a somewhat woody foundation over time, and always brings fulgent accents to hot exposed slopes, wind-swept seaside plantings or any other sharp-draining sunny locale.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3'–4' high x 3'–4' wide; hardy to zone 7.

Phlomis anatolica ‘Lloyd's Variety’ (P-1627)
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Phlomis fruticosa  full sun
Phlomis fruticosa Phlomis fruticosa

These bright yellow flowers bloom in a series of ball-like clusters known as verticillasters along stout stems and above felted, gray-green foliage. Used as a specimen or blended with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ or Wood Oats, Phlomis fruticosa will provide bold color and form.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 6.


Phlomis fruticosa (P-0305)
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Phlomis russeliana  full sun  partial shade  drought tolerant
Phlomis russeliana

With architectural assertiveness, stout straight stems broadcast separate whorls of butter yellow hooded blooms. Maintaining a stalwart beauty throughout the winter, the stalks look equally impressive whether fresh or dried as they stand above large and broad, heart-shaped olive-green leaves. The fuzzy, scalloped foliage develops into a plush low growing, evergreen cover that keeps those pesky weeds at bay.

In our garden, Phlomis russeliana casts bold accents along a pathway, assorting with Aster ‘Ringdove’ and Molinias.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

Phlomis russeliana (p-1314)
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Phlomis tuberosa  full sun  partial shade
Phlomis tuberosa

Named for the small tubers that grow from its roots, this selection is perhaps the most unusual of all. Fuzzy leaf stems and large green leaves with toothed margins give the plant a coarse texture that is softened by lilac blossoms with reddish calyxes and deep crimson flower stems. Such distinctive character mixes especially well with grasses and Lavenders.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Phlomis tuberosa (P-0307)
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Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’  full sun  partial shade

With green arrow-shaped lush leaves, lustrous burgundy stalks and tiered wreaths of rosy lilac tubular flowers on statuesque stems, this well-mannered perennial adds dignity to the landscape. The toothed downy leaves compose a vigorous bushy base that’s nearly evergreen in many locales and capable of handling drought.

Versatile and equally at home in a formal setting or a meadow planting, ‘Amazone’ can be staged amid Stachys ‘Superba’ and Salvia ‘Amethyst’ for a fantastic purple and pink mélange.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 4'–5' high x 2'–3' wide. Zone 4/5.

Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’ (P-1710)
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