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Turkish Sage

Phlomis russeliana

Also known as

Sticky Jerusalem sage, Greek Jerusalem sage, Sage

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Turkish Sage Overview

Phlomis russeliana is a clump-forming perennial with stout stems, commonly known by the name Turkish Sage. It has grey-green, hairy, paired leaves that are heart-shaped, and whorls of pale yellow, hooded flowers from summer into autumn. Unusually, these are borne in a circle at leaf junctions all the way up the stems. Often seen in cottage-style and borders, Phlomis russeliana is also suited to Mediterranean planting schemes. It needs fertile, well-drained soil and a sunny position, but it will tolerate some shade. Turkish Sage has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and it is also on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Turkish Sage

How to propagate Turkish Sage



Divide in spring

Special features of Turkish Sage

Attractive flowers

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees