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Phlomis Genus

Sage

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Phlomis genus (Sage). This genus consists of about 100 species of perennials, subshrubs and shrubs. The leaves are large and are densely covered with hair, they are produced in whorls on upright stems. The flowers are tubular in clusters of 2 to 40 blooms in shades of cream, yellow, pink, mauve or purple.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Europe, N.Africa, Asia

Interest and use

They are 'architectural' plants that are attractive for their conspicuous, hooded flowers, borne in dense whorls, their foliage and dried seed heads. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They will tolerate moderate frosts, they will suffer in prolonged wet weather and should be grown in an exposed positions. Plant in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial-shade.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn. Shrubs may also be increased from softwood cuttings in summer and perennials by division in the spring.

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