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Phlomis fruticosa


Jerusalem Sage'

Bright yellow flowers carried over silver foliage

With its elongated, spiny leaves and bright yellow flowers, Jerusalem Sage creates a good show in the early Summer. It pushes forth stems that hold leaves and flowers up to around eight inches in height. Seed heads develop that stay intact providing added garden interest through Autumn and Winter.


It needs full sunlight and a protected position to thrive. It does well in most soil types providing its well-drained.


Plant in the garden at the border front or else use a container.

Cuttings can be taken in late Summer or it can be grown by seed from existing plants in early Spring.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Mediterranean garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September