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Phlomis russeliana
Phlomis russeliana

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Zones 2-24, 31-34, 39
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Phlomis russeliana

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials


Mediterranean natives. Erect stems are set with widely spaced whorls of hooded, two-lipped flowers in yellow, purple, or lilac. Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance shaped to oval, set opposite each other on stems.

Not particular about soil but must have good drainage. Need little water where summers are cool; in hot-summer regions, give them more moisture. Cut flowers are striking in mixed arrangements; blooming stems dry well for winter bouquets.

Phlomis russeliana

This perennial spreads by rhizomes to make a low clump of furry olive green foliage. Leaves are large (to 8 in. long and 6 in. wide) and heart shaped. Creates an effective weed-suppressing groundcover. Sends up 2–3-ft.-tall stems bearing flowers in soft yellow fading to cream. The main bloom period comes in early summer, but some flowers are produced later as well. Flower spikes are attractive even after blossoms fade; they dry out and remain upright throughout the winter. Tolerates partial shade.

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