• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Nearly all year in mild climates
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Sunset climate zones:14 - 28
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Nearly all year in mild climates
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis is a super perennial for dry gardens in the West. Nice enough to fit into traditional perennial borders and cottage gardens. Blends with Western natives and Mediterranean plants on warm hillsides for beauty and erosion control. Plant in mounds and berms, where fast drainage is assured. Equally as lovely in sun-drenched courtyards and walled entry gardens. Excellent for difficult soils and the reflected heat of inland desert gardens and rocky foothill landscapes.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This shrubby perennial is native to Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and eastward to China. Its common name, Jerusalem Sage, attests to its presence in the Middle East. It was classified in the Labitae or mint family in the 18th century by the famous Sweedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus. Later works suggest that in ancient times phlomos was the word for material used to make wicks, and this plant is associated with that application. Both could be correct if the Greek name was based upon this use. This species was also credited to Linnaeus who named it P. fruticosa which is from the Latin for bushy.
    Bailey says he chose the old Greek vernacular for the plant when naming its genus. The species has since been changed to P. lanata from the Latin lanatus meaning wooly, which describes the soft gray pubescent foliage.