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.
Photo: Douglas E. Welch, A Gardener’s Notebook
Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage) is a species of flowering plant of the Lamiaceae family, native 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.
The specific epithet fruticosa means “shrubby”.
It is popular as an ornamental plant, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.
As a garden escape, it has naturalised in parts of South West England. — Wikipedia
- Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) at Wikipedia
- Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) at Daves Garden
- Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) at San Marcos Growers
Previously in the Interesting Plant series:
- Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)
- Seaside Daisy, Beach Aster (Erigeron glaucus)
- Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
- California Lilac (Ceanothus)
- Bigberry Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca)
- Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana)
- Malva Rosa (Lavatera assurgentiflora)
- Baby Blue-Eyes (Nemophila)
- Coral Bells or Alum Root (Heuchera)
- Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)
- Echeveria ‘Lola’
- View all past “Interesting Plant” posts
Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas