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Phlomis tuberosa (Jerusalem Sage)

Jerusalem Sage, Tuberous Jerusalem Sage, Sage-Leaf Mullein

Phlomis Tuberosa, Jerusalem Sage, Drought resistant perennials, Pink perennials, Lavender perennials
Phlomis Tuberosa, Jerusalem Sage, Drought resistant perennials, Pink perennials, Lavender perennials

Phlomis tuberosa, commonly known as Jerusalem Sage, brings multi-season interest to the garden, making it a valued perennial plant for the gardener. It is noted for its distinctive blooms in the form of lavender-pink hooded flower clusters that appear along the upper parts of upright, dark burgundy stems. They rise well above the basal foliage, which consists of a handsome mound, up to 15 in. tall (37 cm), of arrowhead-shaped, rich green leaves. The architectural presence of the blossoms and the evergreen foliage provide a great sight in all seasons.

  • Hardy to zones 6 to 9, this Jerusalem Sage blooms profusely from late spring to mid-summer and remains extremely attractive throughout fall and winter thanks to its columns of ornamental seed heads that persist and provide food for the birds. They are particularly striking when covered in hoarfrost or snow.
  • Fast-growing, this upright, tuberous-rooted perennial elegantly rises up to 3-5 ft. high (90-150 cm) and spreads 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Combines beautifully in striking color combinations with other blue-flowering perennial plants such as Lavenders, hardy Geraniums, or ornamental grasses. Very useful and adaptable in the garden. Excellent choice for dry sunny borders and meadows.
  • Low maintenance and trouble-free, Jerusalem Sage performs best in full sun but tolerates light shade. It thrives in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Sandy soils with excellent drainage are preferred.
  • Taller and more vigorous than the species, Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’ is the recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (2012)
  •  Drought tolerant once established, the sweet nectar of this Jerusalem Sage is attractive to bees and butterflies but is deer-resistant.
  • Native to central and southeastern Europe, Asia.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Phlomis
Common names Jerusalem Sage
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Phlomis lanata ‘Pygmy’ (Woolly Jerusalem Sage)
Phlomis italica (Balearic Island Sage)
Phlomis lanata (Woolly Jerusalem Sage)
Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem Sage)
Phlomis russeliana (Jerusalem Sage)

Recommended Companion Plants

Salvia nemorosa ‘Amethyst’ (Sage)
Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower)
Helenium ‘Waltraut’ (Sneezeweed)
Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian)
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ (Bettony)
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’ (‘Autumn Joy’)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Genus Phlomis
Common names Jerusalem Sage
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3' - 5'
(90cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" - 36"
(60cm - 90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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