Phlomis russeliana

Hardy Jerusalem Sage

 

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Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Evergreen
Evergreen
Winter Interest
Good for Dried Flowers
Low Maintenance
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to late spring
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU HBL3Y51

Details

36" tall x 20" wide (cutting/seed propagated). This Mediterranean species, native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Phlomis russeliana (commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage) has proven to be quite cold tolerant. A very tough and easy-to-grow plant, Phlomis adds an eye catching structure to the garden, combining readily with other perennials with interesting foliage, like Gray Santolina.
SKU HBL3Y51
Common Name Hardy Jerusalem Sage
Botanical Name Phlomis russeliana
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 36" tall
Mature Spread 20" wide
Bloom Time Early to late spring
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Evergreen, Winter Interest, Good for Dried Flowers, Low Maintenance, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Phlomis (Jeruselum Sage) - a huge genus of sage-like plants that range from Europe across Asia into China. Almost completely resistant to browsing deer and rabbits.

Preferred growing conditions
  • Plant in most soil types including clay. Generally, they prefer to be planted in a full sun location. Phlomis cashmeriana is an exception and does well in part to full dappled shade.
  • Mulch with common mulching materials except of moisture climates where plants should remain unmulched.
  • Water regularly the first growing season to establish the plant. Thereafter, weekly or bi-weekly deep watering is all this plant needs.
  • Deadheading is will not bring the plants back into flower, but keeps the attractive foliage looking tidy. Cut tall flowering stems where they emerge from the mound of low foliage.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half blend of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost.
  • Special comments
  • Phlomis seed heads are ornamental and provide winter interest; leave standing over the winter and cut off in early to mid-spring along with the old foliage.
  • Many species can be divided in mid-spring if more plants are needed.
  • These are low care perennials that don't like rich soil or a lot of water; this makes the plants leggy and prone to flopping.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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High Country GardensPhlomis russeliana
 
3.7

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (7)
  • Healthy (5)
  • Accurate instructions (4)
  • Hardy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Master gardener (4), Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)

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1.0

I would not buy this product again

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from alabama

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Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

This plant died.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fast Grow

By 

from Denver

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

    Planted in June so I think I missed the bloom. Plant grew rapid on my hot/dry hillside. Looking forward to spring and hopeful it will bloom.

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    • Personal

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very healthy

    By 

    from Bakersfield, VT

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Healthy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Screen to hide mound system

      Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

      I have a modified mound septic area that needed something to hide it. I decided on a xeriscape because of the sandy/gravelly soil. My Phlomis Russenliana is in a nursery bed and thrived over the summer here.
      I'm looking forward to it's performance in the new garden location.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      outstanding

      By 

      from Burns, Oregon

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • unique whorls like no other
      • Versatile
      • wonderful pollinator attractant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

        The product description for the Phlomis (I purchased both the yellow & lavender flowered varieties) doesn't seem enough, the leaves on the russeliana are at minimum 5" X 9", fuzzy and disease free. Give it lots of room, this is a very hardy perennial, ours was planted just last fall, buried under four feet of snow for nearly four months, and came up like crazy the second the ground thawed. Wonderful plant, grew to three ft. tall just this first season. Very highly recommended.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Unique Short Plant

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        from Eastern Colorado

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        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Pretty Foilage
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

          Despite the description of a tall plant, it is actually short--about 5"- 6". The tallness is in the flower stalk, which in eastern Colorado shoots up in May and blossoms in mid-June. The blossoms last about 2-weeks.

          For us, this plant spreads slowly. It's been in our garden 4 years, and now needs weeded out. It was first planted in the shadow of Russian Sage. It didn't begin blooming until its second season--give it a chance.

          After its yellow blossoms are gone, it looks unique for awhile. Then it gets ratty-looking, and I chop off the stalk. The remaining foliage is pretty.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Nice leaves, no flowers

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          from Chicago, Il

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Leaves Are Beautiful

          Cons

          • Failed To Bloom

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

          The leaves came up very early and have persisted. But despite following planting directions and putting in the spot that was recommended for light, water, soil etc., there isn't a single bloom. I bought these for the flowers and am very disappointed. Everything I've read said to expect flowers early to late spring. It's now the end of June and nothing.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A true joy

          By 

          from Nashville, Tenn.

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy For 5 To 6 Yrs
          • Healthy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

              Early summer show…

              Everyone wants to know what it is

              Then… it does not come back after 5 yrs or so

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Jerusalem Sage great in West Texas

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              from Abilene, TX

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              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden
                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

                Jerusalem Sage grows in my clay soil with little water after getting started. Unusual flowers--yellow whorls. Some are in a garden that gets water. Others in a back rocky area that gets very little water and much sun. All do well. No insect or disease problems. Will start blooming well the second or third year. Roots easily from cuttings. Requires a little trimming to keep in shape. Can be moved easily. Good as cut flower.

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                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                So far, so good

                By 

                from Fort Washington, MD

                About Me Professional Landscaper

                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Nice Foliage

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Front Of Border
                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Phlomis russeliana:

                  Phlomis Russeliana got off to a slow start, but my soil is hard clay. The plants survived drought, and a severely cold winter. Animal pests have not bothered them. In their second year, half of them are blooming. I am still evaluating to determine how long the bloom season is, and if they will re-bloom. Otherwise, a beautiful flower and nicely textured bold foliage for the front of a border.

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                  USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                  To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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