GREEK JERUSALEM SAGE
Phlomis samia is a beautiful plant for the dry garden.
Unusual pink, cream & caffe-latte flowers
The blooms of Phlomis samia are very unusual in both form and colour.
Because they come in tiers of whorled fingers, stacked up 75cm. stems.
In soft blends of warm pink and creamy coffee tones.
With mounds of attractive foliage
However Phlomis samia would also be worth growing for it’s foliage alone.
As it has broad, attractive, wrinkled foliage that make a decorative mound of heart shaped leaves. So it is a character in the garden all year round, even when it is not in flower.
Copes well with dry gardens
Phlomis samia is native to dry parts of Africa, as well as in Greece.
So it is no surprise that it copes well with hot, dry locations once established.
And hence the geographically confusing common name of Greek Jerusalem Sage (it is a Jerusalem Sage but it comes from Greece).
Recommended for gardeners with limited water supply
And this is a plant we can wholeheartedly recommend for gardeners with limited water supply, or hot, and dry conditions.
Phlomis samia is both drought tolerant & water-wise.
It revels in Full Sun, and tolerates prolonged heat and dry periods well.
Though in very hot areas it may be worth placing where it receives a little afternoon shade relief so the gorgeous leaves remain in top form all summer.
It is equally tough and hardy in frost, being able to tolerate temperatures down to approx. -20C, depending on conditions.
Tough easy grower
Phlomis samia is a hardy evergreen, upright, shrubby perennial.
It is a tough, easy grower, and no trouble to have around as it is very low maintenance as well as being so attractive.
The only annual work to do is to cut it back hard after flowering to tidy up, and encourage more of those wonderful leaves.
It is not fussy about soil, so will grow in a wide range of soils from sandy to clay (as long as it is opened up and well drained).
And can tolerate soil pH on both the acid and alkaline side of neutral.
1m High in furry flower x 60cm Wide of crinkly heart shaped leaves.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners
Sow indoors at any time.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now gently pat the seeds to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Then just cover the seed very thinly with mix/grit/sand.
Because these seeds need light for germination.
Now thoroughly moisten the mix by standing the sown punnet in a shallow water bath.
And allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 13-18°C. are recommended for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential.
Because a warm, well lit window sill will also do nicely.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle.
Seedlings emerge from 14 days on.
SEED COUNT: seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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