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Phlomis tuberosa

Phlomis tuberosa
Jerusalem sage
Jerusalem sage foliage

Common name Jerusalem sage
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6)
Flowers lilac (May-June)
Size 4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly August

Upright plant with large textured, slightly fuzzy leaves; the flowers appear as pompoms around the flower-stalk, in a multi-tiered effect that's different from just about any other flower you'll encounter in the garden. After the flower stalks are cut back, the bold foliage makes an attractive mound to carry the plant through the season

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 70F (12%G, 2-3d - just the plump ones)
  2. Seed from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (16%G, 4-9d)

Lots of duds, with just a few viable seeds.

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