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Phlomis tuberosa
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Phlomis tuberosa

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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.

Phlomis tuberosa full sun  partial shade

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' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Phlomis tuberosa (P-0307)
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