|Still attractive in early November: leaves have hardly deteriorated, and the spent flowers, now dried into brown seedheads, look very autumnal indeed |
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.
||ordinary garden soil. tolerates dry conditions.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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|Chris||Jul 10, 2005||I have had this plant for years near my chimney (faces south, upstate NY).
To make room for some ornamental grass, I moved it to another spot still facing south and have accidentally discovered a beautiful combination. Planted it in front of a baptisia (false blue indigo) that is about 10 yrs old so quite substantial and this spring the yellow blooms of the phlomis popped out in front of the foliage of the baptisia with the blue/purple blooms of the baptisia shooting up above them. Some of my accidential combinations come out looking the best!|
Thanks for sharing, Chris - that does sound like a lovely combination. Now if only my own B. australis would get its act together and start blooming...
|sabinski||Nov 12, 2005||and this plant makes a most beautiful winter sight when not cut back after flowering.|
|Maria||Jun 30, 2008||My plant that was labeled "Jerusalem Sage" looks much like the one pictured here, but has pink flowers that are more fuzzy looking which blossomed the third year after planting. The leaves are huge and the flowering spikes are about 6' tall. All my searches on Jerusalem Sage describe the flowers as yellow. Was my plant labeled correctly?
Maria, take a look at the other phlomis species on my site: P. tuberosa and P. cashmiriana. Both are pink, and also go by the Jerusalem sage name sometimes.
|email@example.com||May 25, 2009||I have this plant and it smells wonderful! It loves full sun and is a lovely 2 foot high bushy plant, I have it paired with striped leaf iris's and its great. Very hardy, and you don't have to pamper it or over water it.|
|phyllis||May 02, 2010||Where can I buy it? Does it winter over in zone 7?|
Zone 7 should be no problem (it does fine in our zone 6 garden). I don't know of a source off-hand, but would expect that several online purveyors of perennials would offer it.
|Sylvia||Jun 29, 2010||Since seeing your photo of this plant I have bought it from a local nursery, it looks stunning on your site so I hope in the years to come it will flower. Sylvia, from a very warm UK!|
|Joyce Hedges||Sep 08, 2010||I live on Vancouver Island and my yellow phlomis russeliana did not bloom this year. My former pinkish grey variety thrived. It received lots of sun and water, I think. What went wrong?|
Hard to tell. I have noticed that their roots get kind of woody and congested with time - maybe they're ready to be divided? Be careful when doing so - I find that some divisions, even when made in early spring, peter out and die for no apparent reason.
|Mary Anne||May 01, 2011||I live on Vancouver Island - is this deer resistant?|
|Susan||Jun 27, 2011||I also want to know if this is deer resistant. Or if one of the group is? Also live on Vancouver Island and have an "open garden". |
I don't know if deer like it. The leaves do have some soft-hairyness to them, so that may make them less appetizing to deer.
|Amy||Jun 28, 2011||I have found it deer resistant and my deer like everything. But I moved some of it from a spot where it was blooming consistently and now the moved plants aren't blooming. Any thoughts? |
Maybe the transplants just need some time to recuperate from their move - or maybe they don't get as much sun in their new home?
|Val Voss ||Aug 31, 2021||My phlomis is stragly, and I would like to cut it back, but its a about to flower, so is it the right time to do it.|
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