Phlomis fruticosa

Scientific name: Phlomis fruticosa


Common names: “Jerusalem sage” “Jupiter’s distaff” “yellow clary”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 7-10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Average – poor

Moisture: Well drained – dry, drought tolerant once established


Plant Size: H 2-5′ W 2-3′

Leaf and Stem shape: Erect shoots bearing sage-like, grey-green ovate leaves

Flower: Hooded, deep yellow flowers in whorls in the upper leaf axils from early summes, and interesting seed heads

Pruning: Minimal, won’t flower if pruned in the fall, alternate stem pruning

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Mediterranean, coastal cottage, informal, flower borders

Propagate: By seed, cuttings and division

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

*Deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner, native to the Mediterranean

Cultivars: P. chrysophylla – “Goldleaf Jerusalem sage” – gold leaves


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