Jerusalem Sage (Salvia hierosolymitana) in the Salvias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Other: Off and on during the growing season, but most flowering in spring and fall. Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Credit: Gideon Pisanty (Gidip);  Anthophora dufourii Lepeletier,

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Location: Mount Carmel, Israel, April 10, 2012.Credit: Gideon Pisanty (Gidip);  Anthophora dufourii Lepeletier,
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 27, 2013 11:38 PM

"Salvia hierosolymitana (Jerusalem sage) is a herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean, with populations in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. It typically grows in open fields, rocky soils, and among low-growing native shrubs. It was first described in 1853 by botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier, with the epithet "hierosolymitana" referring to "royal, sacred Jerusalem".

It forms a mound of basal leaves that spreads to 2 feet, and slightly less in height. The ovate mid-green leaves are evergreen, lightly covered with hairs, and with a scalloped margin, growing 8-10 inches long with prominent veining underneath. The 1 inch or smaller flowers are a wine-red color, growing in widely spaced whorls, with 2-6 flowers per whorl. The lower lip is white, with wine-red spotting. The calyces are pea-green with red veins and bracts edged in red. The square stem of the 1 foot long inflorescences are also edged in red. Unlike many salvias, there is no odor when the leaves are crushed, and there is no known medicinal use of this plant."

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