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Kashmir Sage

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Many winters ago, when my husband and I were newly weds, we stayed with my family in Colorado for a season.  During our stay there, I had many hours of leisure time (oh, what I wouldn’t give now…).  Each time a treasured plant or seed catalog came in the mail, I quietly snuck some time alone to peruse those lustrous, colorful photos and carefully laid out garden plans.  A novelty during that season of my life.

One of my favorite catalogs, High Country Gardens, claimed much of my time, with its highly informative exerpts and abundance of unique perennials. During that quiet Colorado winter, one plant in particular really caught my eye: Kashmir Sage.  I carefully clipped the photo from the catalog and placed this charming perennial into in my garden dream book.  Eight years later, it has taken a stronghold in my west facing perennial garden.

Common Name: Kashmir Sage

Latin Name: Phlomis cashmeriana

Family: Lamiaceae- Mint Family

Habit:  Upright.  Whorled flowers.

             Height: 3 to 4 feet.

Width: 1 to 2 feet.

Details:  Easy growing!  Sun to part shade.  Well drained soil is preferred.

*** Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem Sage, is a beautiful, buttery-yellow blossomed cousin of Kasmir Sage.  But alas, it is only hardy to a Zone 7.  Sigh.  ***

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