Photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story
Phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem Sage Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Evergreen, Shrubs

Sunset  – January 27, 2015

Mediterranean natives. Erect stems are set with widely spaced whorls of hooded, two-lipped flowers in yellow, purple, or lilac. Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance shaped to oval, set opposite each other on stems.

Not particular about soil but must have good drainage. Need little water where summers are cool; in hot-summer regions, give them more moisture. Cut flowers are striking in mixed arrangements; blooming stems dry well for winter bouquets.


Phlomis fruticosa

This shrub grows to 4 ft. tall and wide, with woolly gray-green leaves to 6–8 in. long and 1 1/4 in. wide. Deep golden yellow, 1-in. flowers in ball-shaped whorls along upper half of stems. Cut plants back by half in fall to keep them compact. With watering, will produce several waves of bloom in spring and summer if cut back lightly after each flowering. Can tolerate light shade for part of day. Resistant to oak root fungus.