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Jerusalem sage: planting, flowering, pruning and care


Phlomis fruticosa, known as Jerusalem sage, is an easy, decorative and hardy shrub.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Phlomis fruticosa
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Perennial

Height
: 150 cm
Exposure : Sunny, partial shade
Ground : Ordinary, even poor

Foliage
: Persistent -Flowering : May to July

Planting of Phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem sage, or Phlomis fruticosa, is planted indifferently, spring or fall and ideally in well-drained soil.

This is because when planting Jerusalem sage, make sure you have well-drained soil as this plant hates standing water.

  • The Phlomis fruticosa likes very sunny situations to flower well.
  • Jerusalem sage does not fear the wind, quite the contrary.
  • It needs light soil at all costs, why not earth mixed with sand or pebbles.
  • Space each plant at least 100 cm apart because Jerusalem sage quickly grows in size.
  • Multiplication by cuttings in summer.

Caring for Jerusalem sage

On the maintenance side, this plant is very easy to grow and requires almost no care.

No need to water when installed as it can live without water for weeks on end.

Size of Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem sage:

After flowering, prune about half to keep it compact and improve the next flowering.

After winter, if the Jerusalem sage has lost its leaves:

  • Cut the stems that have frozen and do not come back in the spring.

All you need to know about Jerusalem sage

It is its downy foliage that gives it its name of Jerusalem sage, also called shrub sage or shrub phlomis.

An easy plant par excellence, Jerusalem sage is adorned with a magnificent yellow bloom in spring, forming a beautiful flowering bush.

Being part of the same family as the thyme, the basil, the rosemary or the officinal sage, Jerusalem sage has the same Mediterranean origins.

It is also for its hardiness and its great ability to adapt to dry and difficult places such as seashores that we appreciate the Phlomis fruticosa.

Note that if Jerusalem sage is persistent, it can lose its leaves in winter when the climate is relatively cold.

Diseases of Phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem sage, or Phlomis fruticosa, is a very hardy plant and resistant to most diseases.

You may notice leafhoppers in the leaf axils, but this should not interfere with the development and flowering of Jerusalem sage.

Smart tip

If you live by the sea or you like Mediterranean atmospheres, Phlomis fruticosa is for you!

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