More Information About Phlomis
For consistent garden performance in hot, dry climates, it's hard to beat the Jerusalem Sage. The genus Phlomis consists of both sub-shrub and perennial species. The common name hints at its native home, since Phlomis is native from the eastern Mediterranean into Syria and Iran.
Phlomis prefers full to part sun and dry, well-drained sites...a great drought-tolerant plant. The fuzzy, soft to the touch phlomis foliage has a nice fragrance when bruised. Phlomis plants are topped for a couple of months in summer with bright, butterfly-attracting, snapdragon-ish flowers that form a whorl at every node...very unique and attractive.
Phlomis is adaptable to a wide range of soils, as long as they drain freely. Many phlomis have silvery-green, deer-resistant, woolly leaves that make it a good companion for achillea, nepeta, salvia, iris, daylily, opuntia, or agave. Phlomis looks nice as a specimen plant, embedded into a perennial border, massed together on a hill, or in a container. When you're ready to buy phlomis for your perennial garden, check out our online list of phlomis for sale.