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Perennial- Jerusalem Sage

Phlomis fruticosa  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
Common Name:  Jerusalem Sage

Botanical Name:  Phlomis fruticosa

Description:  Evergreen shrub, to 4 feet tall and wide with woolly-gray leaves that are white underneath. Mediterranean plant

Sun/ shade:  Full sun but can tolerate light shade for part of day

Water:  Low water

Soil: Not particular about soil but needs good drainage

Flower type:  Deep golden yellow

Flowers and bloom season: 1 inch woolly flowers in ball-shaped whorls along upper half of stems; blooms in spring and summer  

Pruning time and method:  Prune late Winter/early spring before start of annual bloom. Cut back plant in half to keep compact

Maintenance tips:  With watering, will produce several waves of bloom in spring and summer if cut back lightly after each flowering

Common problems:  No significant problems

Comments:  Resistant to oak root fungus


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