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Phlomis – also known as Jerusalem Sage and Lampwick Plant

Phlomis which is also known as Jerusalem Sage and Lampwick Plant is an herbaceous sub shrub. It belongs to the family Lamiaceae. It is a native of the Mediterranean region to the east in Central Asia to China. They grow up to a height of 30 cm to 2 m tall.
The leaves are opposite and reticulate veined. The floral leaves are in form of bracts and covered with hairs. The flowers are in whorls on the stems. The stems are square shaped but have round corners. The flower varies from yellow to pink, purple and white in colour but basically is yellow in color. The flowers have tubular calyx and its veins are visible. The leaves are ’oval wrinkly felted green’. The seed heads are sculptural.
They attract butterflies and humming birds and grow in full sun, moist and well drained soil.

Growing conditions of Phlomis:

• Plant them in spring and summer.
• Plant them in full sun.
• Plant in well drained soil.
• The root ball is large enough, so choose a container to sustain the plant through out the winter.
• Apply light organic fertilizer to the dug hole before planting.
• The plants must be 18 inches to 2 feet apart.
• Mulch the plant around.
• Add 3 inches of organic compost before planting.
• Water well and keep the soil moist.
• Plant this sub shrub at least 2 to 3 feet away from other plants.

Care for Jerusalem Sage:

• Cut the old stems in late spring.
• Apply light organic fertilizer in spring.
• Mulch the plant around and not on the top of the plant.
• Water weekly and keep the soil moist in summers.
• The temperature should not be very cool as the roots can be damaged.
• The temperature that this plant can tolerate is as low as 25 degrees.
• Plant in a location that gets full sun to partial shade.
• The soil should be well drained.
• The soil should be kept evenly moist.
• Plant once the danger of frost is passed in spring.
• Trim the dead and faded flowers for new growth.
• Fertilize for 4-6 weeks.
• The plant loves high humidity and moisture.
• During weather being dry, keep the roots moist.
• Add all purpose plant food as budding starts.
• Prune in spring to encourage growth.
• If the plant reaches two feet, cut the top third of the stem.

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