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Phlomis russeliana

Phlomis russeliana
Jerusalem sage
Phlomis russeliana
Still attractive in early November: leaves have hardly deteriorated, and the spent flowers, now dried into brown seedheads, look very autumnal indeed

Common name Jerusalem sage
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (May-June)
Size 3 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil. tolerates dry conditions.

This perennial waited until two years after being grown from seed to flower. The second year it looked nice and lush, with very functional foliage - but in the following years, the flowers really added pizzazz. A more refined plant than its cousin Phlomis tuberosa, growing from a clump of bright green fuzzy leaves, maybe a foot tall, with the flower stalks rising well above. The soft yellow flowers are arranged in clusters around the stalk, in a tiered fashion. Well worth our patience.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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