Phlomis chrysophylla Boiss.
Golden-leaved Jerusalem Sage, Jerusalem Sage
Color: Golden yellow
Bloom Time: Early summer
Phlomis chrysophylla is a small evergreen shrub with woolly-textured sage-like leaves that turn lime green with age. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide. Leaves are up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long. Hooded, golden yellow flowers are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and appear in whorls in the upper leaf axils in early summer.
USDA hardiness zones 7a to 10b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).
How to Grow and Care
If you wish to plant Phlomis in a container, use a large one filled with compost with a soil foundation. Try not to be too generous in feeding and watering your plant, as it actually grows well in drought. Once your Phlomis begins to form flowers, you may need to do some trimming as it tends to grow uncontrollably. Trimming it back will put a limit on this. When winter comes, keep the plant protected in a cool area. Always remember that you should water it as minimally as possible.
For propagating purposes, select seeds of medium size, preferably during fall. Use of plug or seed trays, covering them with a thin coating of compost. Place them in a cool area. The germination process can be pretty swift. As soon as your seedlings are big enough, you may begin to transplant them into an area of your garden that is safe from the frost.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Phlomis.
This species is native to southwest Asia.
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