Phlomis russeliana

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Phlomis russeliana
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Phlomis
P. russeliana
Binomial name
Phlomis russeliana

Phlomis lunariifolia var. russeliana Sims[1]

Phlomis russeliana, the Turkish sage, is a species of flowering plant in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to Turkey and Syria in south west Asia. It is often confused with the closely related P. samia,[2] and wrongly marketed as Phlomis viscosa.[3] Growing to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall, it is a herbaceous perennial with hairy, erect stems. The textured, grey-green, sage-like leaves are arrow shaped, and point downwards. In summer, whorls of green buds develop in the leaf axils at regular intervals up each vertical stem, giving a distinctive tiered effect. The buds open to globose clusters of dull yellow hooded flowers.[4]

Phlomis russeliana is cultivated as an ornamental garden flower, in moist soil in full sun. It is hardy in all temperate zones down to −20 °C (−4 °F). The flowers are long-lasting, the dried flower-heads providing architectural interest throughout the winter months, as well as multiple seeds for propagation in the early spring.[5] It has been given the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Phlomis russeliana (Sims) Lag. ex Benth". The Plant List. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Brickell, Christopher, ed. (2008). The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 803. ISBN 9781405332965.
  3. ^ "Phlomis russeliana (Sims) Lag. ex Benth". Kew Science - Plants of the World Online. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "RHS Plantfinder - Phlomis russeliana". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Propagating Phlomis russeliana". The Hardy Plant Society. Retrieved 25 April 2018.