Kashmir Sage

1 Mar


Kashmir Sage (Phlomis cashmeriana), 3 ft., pink/lilac whorls on woolly stems spring to fall, long blooming, sun, deer and drought resistant.

Mediterranean natives. Erect stems are set with widely spaced whorls of hooded, two-lipped flowers in yellow, purple, or lilac. Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance shaped to oval, set opposite each other on stems.

Not particular about soil but must have good drainage. Need little water where summers are cool; in hot-summer regions, give them more moisture. Cut flowers are striking in mixed arrangements; blooming stems dry well for winter bouquets.

Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa)

Phlomis fruticosa
To 4 ft. tall and wide, with woolly gray-green leaves to 6–8 in. long, 1 1/4 in. wide. Deep golden yellow, 1-in. flowers in ball-shaped whorls along upper half of stems. Cut plants back by half in fall to keep them compact. With watering, will produce several waves of bloom in spring and summer if cut back lightly after each flowering. Can tolerate light shade for part of day. Resistant to oak root fungus.

Phlomis russeliana

Phlomis russeliana
Spreads by rhizomes to make a low clump of furry olive green foliage. Leaves are large (to 8 in. long, 6 in.wide) and heart shaped. Creates an effective weed-suppressing ground cover. Sends up 2–3-ft.-tall stems bearing flowers in soft yellow fading to cream. The main bloom period comes in early summer, but some flowers are produced later as well. Flower spikes are attractive even after blossoms fade; they dry out and remain upright throughout the winter. Tolerates partial shade.

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