Jerusalem Sage - Phlomis

Jerusalem Sage - Phlomis

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The Sage of Jerusalem

Close relatives of sage and lavender phlomis are rustic shrubs of Mediterranean origin; about a dozen species are known. These species produce large, well-branched shrubs, with flexible branches, which bear large oval, green-gray leaves, very similar to those of sage, with which, if not in bloom, it can at first be exchanged; the leaves of phlomis but they do not give off any aroma: they are in fact devoid of any type of perfume. In spring it produces numerous flowers, very particular and beautiful, they are in fact gathered in circular inflorescences at the axil of the leaves; therefore the apical branches are adorned with small crowns of flowers at each node. The flowers of phlomis they can be yellow or light pink.

How to grow it

Jerusalem sage shrubs are rustic and hardy; they are planted in a very sunny place in the garden, as they fear the shade and need at least 5-6 hours a day of direct sunlight; they do not need particular soil, even if they fear heavy and very humid soils, especially in winter. Before planting the Phlomis then we work the soil well, adding sand or pumice stone if necessary, to increase drainage. We also enrich the soil with a little manure, or with a slow release granular fertilizer; every 6-8 months it will be necessary to add around the plant of the other granular fertilizer, without exceeding in quantity, since these plants vegetate well even in poor and stony soils.

Watering and care

The plant just placed at home needs watering, over time these plants do not need so much water, and they can tolerate drought without problems. It may happen that in the summer, in the case of particularly dry periods, they lose much of the leaves but, entering a kind of vegetative rest: as soon as the climate tends to cool down, in late summer, the sage plants of Jerusalem start to sprout again.
To keep a plant always lush, we can water it even in summer, but avoid watering if the soil is still wet: we always wait until it has been dry for a few days to supply water again.
In winter they do not need any care, and can withstand even intense and prolonged frosts, up to -10 / -15 ° C.
At the end of the summer we shorten the branches that have bloomed, otherwise the shrub will tend to be empty in the lower part, taking a very disordered and ungainly bearing.

Jerusalem Sage - Phlomis: Where to put them

The sage of Jerusalem or Phlomis is a plant very suitable for forming borders, which can reach 100-120 cm in height; in this case we remind you to keep the compact plant by pruning it every year, so as to give the border a more orderly appearance and thus obtain a lush but at the same time well kept and clean garden.
These plants are also used as single specimens, preferring corner positions (but always remembering their particular need to receive direct sunlight for at least 5-6 hours a day). Given the relationships, the phlomis are often placed in the flowerbed of aromatics, where they find the best placement; although they are not aromatic leaf plants, they are very reminiscent of sages, lavenders, santolines, and therefore blend well with these plants.


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