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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Phlomis tuberosa 'Amazone'
JERUSALEM SAGE, SAGE LEAF MULLEIN
Pronounced: FLO-mis too-ber-OH-sah
Sunset zones: 4-24.
USDA zones: 5-8.
Heat zones: 8-5.
Height: 5 feet (1.5 m).
Width: 4 feet (1.2 m).
Late spring to early summer.
Lavender purple blooms in a whorl around the stems.
Arrow-shaped, hairy green leaves.
Fertile, well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost and fertilize in spring.
Divide in early spring or fall.
Rainy Side Notes
Unlike other rambunctious members of the mint family that want to run all over your world, Phlomis tuberosas are well-mannered clumping perennials. Beautiful heart-shaped foliage and whorls of lavender-purple flowers arranged on burgundy stems, makes this drought tolerant perennial worth keeping. This Phlomis cultivar blooms all summer. The spikes with tiers of flowers whorled around the stem make unusual material for bouquets.
Photographed in author's garden.
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