Sticky Jerusalem sage

Phlomis russeliana

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Sticky Jerusalem sage (Phlomis russeliana)
FLOW-miss russ-sel-lee-AY-nah
Synonyms:  P. samia of gardens
Genus:  Phlomis
An unusual looking perennial from Turkey and Syria with hooded, pale yellow flowers encircling hairy stems. The flowers somewhat resemble Monarda. Leaves are aromatic and slightly fuzzy. P. russeliana reaches 3 feet tall and nearly as wide. Grow en masse in a border or near a warm wall.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Unusual yellow, hooded flowers in whorls around stems.
Care:  Prefers full sun but will tolerate a little shade. Soil should be well-drained and fertile. Deadhead.
Propagation:  Start seeds indoors in spring at 55-64°F, or divide in spring or fall.
Problems:  Usually problem-free except for leaf hoppers.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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