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Care of the plant Phlomis lycia or Jerusalem Sage.

Care of the shrub Phlomis lycia or Jerusalem Sage

The genus Phlomis, family Lamiaceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs and herbaceous plants native to Asia and the Mediterranean region. Some species are: Phlomis lycia, Phlomis lanata, Phlomis fruticosa, Phlomis cypria, Phlomis chrysophylla, Phlomis purpurea, Phlomis italica, Phlomis russeliana, Phlomis samia, Phlomis lychnitis, Phlomis maroccana, Phlomis viscosa.

Common name: Jerusalem Sage. This species is native to Turkey.

They are highly branched evergreen shrubs that reach 1 meter (3.28 feet) in height. The interesting foliage turns golden-gray in spring, yellowish-green in summer, and greyish-green in winter. They have two types of hairy leaves: some oblong-lanceolate and others elongated that appear on the floriferous stems. The showy yellow flowers appear at the nodes of the stems and bloom in spring.

They are used in rockeries, in hedges and bushes, in Mediterranean gardens by the sea and in dry and poor areas of the garden.

Phlomis lycia needs full sun exposure and a Mediterranean climate. They resist frosts down to -8 ºC (17.6 ºF).

They can grow in sandy, calcareous, rocky and poor soils; excellent drainage is important. Planting is done in spring at the rate of 3 plants per square meter.

They hardly need watering so they will only be watered sporadically in summer if it's very hot.

They do not need fertilizers.

Prune lightly in late winter to keep it compact.

They are plants very resistant to pests but sensitive to excess humidity.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring.

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Phlomis lycia
Phlomis lycia
Phlomis lycia
Phlomis lycia