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Phlomis purpurea - Purple Jerusalem Sage

Phlomis purpurea has striking lavender flowers when in bloom. Phlomis purpurea blooms mid Spring through to Summer and sporadically until hard frost. Phlomis purpurea is quite drought tolerant. The Purple Jerusalem Sage tends to flop and breaks off easily so some support helps significantly. Stalks bloom once, new shoots appear near the base of the plant. I cut the Purple Jerusalem Sage branches after they finish blooming. Phlomis purpurea prefers full sun, seems widely tolerant of soil types if there is adequate drainage and drying between irrigation cycles. Phlomis purpurea is marginally hardy into the low teens.

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Phlomis purpurea, Purple Jerusalem Sage