Phlomis fruticosa - Jerusalem Sage

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Lamiales - Family: Lamiaceae

Jerusalem Sage

Identification

Phlomis fruticosa is a perennial evergreen shrub, growing to a metre in height, with very woolly grey leaves. The tubular yellow flowers are typically 3cm long and are borne in whorls above one another.

Distribution

This member of the Mint family occurs in Italy, Sardinia and eastwards including Cyprus. It also grows in Crete, but it is rarer there.

Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem Sage

Pictures by kind permission of Anne Horsfall

Blooming times

Jerusalem Sage flowers in April and through to June.

Habitat

This striking wildflower is found on coastal cliffs and other rocky places.

Etymology

The specific epither fruticosa is nothing to do with fruit; it means 'shrubby' - in the form of a bush - a reference to the growing habit of this shrub.

This specimens shown here were photographed in Crete.


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