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Phlomis fruticosa AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Stem

White in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Jerusalem sage

Family

Lamiaceae


Phlomis can be herbaceous perennials or evergreen shrubs, with sage-like leaves and whorls of tubular, hooded flowers over a long period in summer

P. fruticosa is a small spreading evergreen shrub, the erect shoots bearing sage-like, grey-green ovate leaves to 12cm in length. Flowers 3cm in length, hooded, deep yellow, in whorls in the upper leaf axils from early summer

Other common names

  • Jupiter's distaff
  • yellow clary

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in any well-drained fertile soil in full sun. Seed heads can be left over winter for their effect

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Chalk, Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer or division in the spring. Propagate by seed in late spring under cover

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Low Maintenance, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Coastal


How to care

Pests

Leafhoppers may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free