by Shirley Smith, Somervell County Master Gardener
I love trying new and different plants. But, I do make sure they are either native to Texas and/or adapted for growing in this area. One particularly good find is Jerusalem Sage. The botanical name is Phlomis fruticosa. Some common names are Satiny Wormwood, Mugwort, and Silvermound Artemisia. I have had mine in the ground for about 3 years and it has done well. I garden south of Glen Rose and have “good” soil to a depth from 8” to 24” before hitting white rock. This plant has done well in this soil.
It grows in full sun. I gave it supplemental water the first year (when I could remember!) but after that it has been on its own. It has done well and blooms so prettily in the late spring/early summer. Then (and this is a plus), when it is finished blooming the flowers dry up and even they are interesting so I just leave them on the plant. Also, it is a pollinator magnet.
Here is all the information you might need to make a decision about using this in your landscape. One thing I LOVE about this plant is that the deer leave it alone!
- Botanical Name:Phlomis fruticosa
- Plant Type:Perennial
- Light Requirement:Full Sun
- Water Demand:Low
- Landscape Use:Deer Resistant, Focal Point/Specimen Plant, Rock Garden
- Ornamental Value:Yellow
- Wildlife Value:Butterflies, Birds
- Plant Form:Upright
- Plant Spread:3′
- Plant Height:3′
USDA Plant Database