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Phlomis fruticosa

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Phlomis fruticosa (Jerusalem sage<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref>) is a species of flowering plant of the Lamiaceae family, native to Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Turkey, and regions of the former Yugoslavia.

It is a small evergreen shrub, up to Template:Convert tall by Template:Convert wide. The sage-like, aromatic leaves are oval, 2-4 inches long, wrinkled, grey-green with white undersides, and covered with fine hairs. Light yellow, tubular flowers, 3 cm in length, grow in whorls of 20 in short spikes in summer.<ref name=RHSAZ>Template:Cite book</ref>

The specific epithet fruticosa means "shrubby".<ref name=RHSLG>Template:Cite book</ref>

It is popular as an ornamental plant, and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

As a garden escape, it has naturalised in parts of South West England.<ref>http://www.brc.ac.uk/plantatlas/index.php?q=plant/phlomis-fruticosa</ref>

It is listed as Deer resistant, hardy in zones 7 to 11, and tolerant of off neutral soil.


References

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  • Craker, L. E. & J. E. Simon, eds. 1986–1987. Herbs, spices, and medicinal plants, 2 vols.
  • Davis, P. H., ed. 1965–1988. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands.
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. 1984–. Med-Checklist.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening.
  • Komarov, V. L. et al., eds. 1934–1964. Flora SSSR.
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea.

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