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Phlomis lanata


Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

PHLOMIS

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 lanata

Dense, compact shrub grows to 2 1/2 ft. high and 4–6 ft. wide. Woolly, wrinkled leaves are sage green. Whorls of 1-in., deep yellow flowers bloom from spring to fall if faded stems are cut out.

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