Jerusalem sage

Phlomis fruticosa


The Jerusalem sage is mounding to sprawling shrub with herbaceous stems and foliage growing 3-4 ft. tall and 4-5 ft. wide. Heavily textured leaves are 2-3 in. long, pale yellow-green above and white and woolly beneath. Bright yellow flowers occur in candelabra-like whorls on long stems during spring and intermittently over summer.

Jerusalem sage is native to dry rocky cliffs and slopes in coastal and inland areas of the Mediterranean region. Throughout the Inland Empire, it shows good adaptability to different types of soils and moisture variations. It is combined with other flowering shrubs on slopes and in mixed garden plantings where its foliage and flowers provide good character and contrast to other plants.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Mounding, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Background plant
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 4 ft. – 5 ft.