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Interesting Plant: Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) 

Today’s Interesting Plant comes from a friends garden. I was visiting Keri from the Animalbytes blog and came across this wonderful phlomis in her garden. It is quite a striking plant, while also being water wise and a great attractor for insects and hummingbirds.

Jerusalem sage

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Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage[1]) is a species of flowering plant of the Lamiaceae familynative to Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and regions of the former Yugoslavia.

It is a small evergreen shrub, up to 1 m (3 ft) tall by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide. The sage-like, aromatic leaves are oval, 2-4 inches long, wrinkled, grey-green with white undersides, and covered with fine hairs. Light yellow, tubular flowers, 3 cm in length, grow in whorls of 20 in short spikes in summer.[2]

The specific epithet fruticosa means “shrubby”.[3]

It is popular as an ornamental plant, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[4]

As a garden escape, it has naturalised in parts of South West England.[5] –  Wikipedia

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Video: In the garden…April 18, 2015: Planting potatoes from pantry leftovers

In the garden…April 18, 2015: Planting potatoes from pantry leftovers 

Time to get some sprouted potatoes into the garden

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Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes)

Flowering Now: Fortnight Lily (Dietes)

Fortnight lily

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A ubiquitous landscape plant here in Southern California, much abused and ill-pruned, but they do produce these interesting and beautiful flowers on occasion. Unfortunately, it also self-seeds wildly, so best to prune off any seed heads before they mature.

Dietes is a genus of rhizomatous plants of the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866. Common names include wood irisFortnight lilyAfrican irisJapanese iris and Butterfly iris, each of which may be used differently in different regions for one or more of the six species within the genus.

Most species are native to southern and central Africa, with one (Dietes robinsoniana) native to Lord Howe Island off the coast of Australia. A few species have become naturalized in other parts of the world.[1]

These plants were formerly placed in the genus Moraea, but were reclassified because they are rhizomatous. Like Moraea, they differ from Iris in having flowers with six free tepals that are not joined into a tube at their bases.

Some references mention the species Dietes vegeta or D. vegeta variegata, springing from some confusion with Moraea vegata (which grows from a corm, not a rhizome). The name D. vegetais commonly misapplied to both D. grandiflora or D. iridioides.

The genus name is derived from the Greek words di-, meaning “two”, and etes, meaning “affinities”.[2] – Wikipedia.org

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One of the amaryllis currently blooming in the garden.

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