Facts about Jerusalem Sage plant. Jerusalem sage is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that is commonly found in the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the family lamiaceae and grows to a height of between 2 and 4 feet (.60 to 1.21 meters). This is considered medium especially when compared to the other members of the family.
Physical Description of the Jerusalem Sage plant
Jerusalem Sage plant has erect stems which are responsible for maintaining the shrub in its upright posture. Its leaves are woolly gray-green which measure approximately 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length with a width of 1 1/4 inches (3.2 cm). The Jerusalem Sage plants leaves are moisture-conserving thick and fury and are positioned against each other on the stem. In shape, the leaves range from lance shape to oval.
Flowering of the Jerusalem Sage plant
Jerusalem Sage plant blooms from June to August. The coloration of the flowers is deep golden yellow and they measure approximately one inch (2.5 cm). The flowers which form on the upper half of the stems can be best described as ball-shaped whorls. After each flowering session, the Jerusalem Sage shrub needs to be cut back lightly. This practice coupled with watering enables the Jerusalem Sage plant to produce several blooms. In mixed arrangements, the cut flowers are usually very striking.
The Jerusalem Sage plant can do well in a variety of soil types but each of these soils must have excellent drainage. To get the maximum yield and bloom from the Jerusalem Sage plant, you need to plant it in rich, medium moisture, fertile and well drained soils in full exposure to the sun. Where the summers are relatively cool, Jerusalem Sage plant requires very little water. In hot summer areas however, you need to give the Jerusalem Sage plants more moisture to sustain them through.
Jerusalem Sage plant can tolerate light shade for certain duration of the day. This means that you should be careful about keeping them in the shade for lengthened periods of time. The Jerusalem Sage plant is also resistant to a type of fungus called oak root fungus. They are generally classified under hardiness zones 8-10.