Phlomis fruticosa

Jerusalem Sage

Semi-evergreen Perennial

A top notch, drought tolerant perennial that's tough, easy to grow, and looks great in a sunny spot for months on end. Spring to summer blooms in distinctive whorls on tall stems attract bees and butterflies and the dried seed heads create an interesting architectural effect. Wooly gray foliage is evergreen, but best cut back in early season to allow for fresh foliage to take its place and create a more attractive and tidy clump.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 36 - 48 tall x 36 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Upright, Irregular
Foliage Texture: Medium, Coarse
Foliage Quality: Medium, Coarse

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance

Flower Color: Yellow / Gold, Yellow
Bloom Season: May, Jun, Spring, Summer
Flower Shape: Whorl

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Cutting Garden, Hell Strip, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Low Water / No Water, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Bees, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Collections: eGardenGo Favorite, Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

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