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Phlomis russeliana (Turkish sage)

Turkish sage is a stately plant, bearing whorls of hooded pale yellow flowers in summer and autumn.
Turkish sage flowers

Phlomis russeliana

Species information

Scientific name: 

Phlomis russeliana (Sims) Lag. ex Benth.

Common name: 

Turkish sage, phlomis

Conservation status: 

Not known to be threatened.


Coniferous and deciduous woodland, clearings and in hazel scrub.

Key Uses: 


Known hazards: 

None known.


Genus: Phlomis

About this species

Turkish sage is an attractive, long-flowering perennial. Within the horticultural trade it is sometimes known by the (misapplied) name Phlomis viscosa, because of its sticky leaves. The well-known gardener William Robinson (1838-1935) described the genus Phlomis as: ‘A group of old-fashioned shrubs and perennial plants’, and P. viscosa itself as: ‘A rather clammy plant...with...numerous bright yellow flowers of fine effect’. Dr John Sims, who succeeded William Curtis as editor of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine from 1799 to 1827, formally named this plant (as Phlomis lunariifolia var. russeliana, in 1825), but he confused it with a similar species (P. pungens Willd.) collected in Syria and illustrated by G.D. Ehret in Alexander Russell’s The Natural History of Aleppo (1786).


Phlomis lunariifolia var. russeliana, Phlomis viscosa (used in horticulture; misapplied)


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