Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is a shrub that can grow 50cm – 1.5m tall and 50cm – 1.5m wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa).
This plant has several common names including: Jerusalem sage, Jupiter’s distaff or yellow clary.
This is a evergreen plant that takes 5-10 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: Jerusalem sage, Jupiter’s distaff, yellow clary
Scientific name: Phlomis fruticosa
Plant type: Shrubs
Height: 50cm – 1.5m
Spread: 50cm – 1.5m
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Chalk, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Moist but well drained, Well drained
Garden type: Coastal, Informal Garden, Mediterranean Garden
Planting type: Flower borders and bedding, Low Maintenance
Other characteristics: Drought resistant, Plants for pollinators, RHS Award of Garden Merit
Shrubs are fundamental elements in any garden.
They add color and interest throughout the seasons with their wide variety of flowers, foliage, fruits, trunks and stems.
Whatever the size or style of your garden, the permanent woody structure or the foliage of evergreen shrubs will give the space shape and dimension.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is not a demanding plant regarding the type of soil and can grow in chalk, loam or sand.
The chalky soil is pale and contains chunks of calcium-rich rock. It is a fertile and well-draining soil, almost always alkaline.
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Phlomis fruticosa likes to grow in moist but well drained or well drained soils.
Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) should be grown in full sun places.