Excellent drought tolerant herbaceous or shrubby perennials. They often have felted leaves. All have flowers arranged in whorls up the stems and pepper pot seed heads. Propagation can be from seed but is also easy by division.
They appreciate well-drained soil and sunny spot. All the varieties we grow are completely hardy.
An excellent booklet on Phlomis ("Phlomis the Neglected Genus") was published by the NCCPG in the UK. The National Plant Collection Holder, Mr J. Mann Taylor, also publishes details of the plants on the NCCPG Gloucester Website
Perfect Partners: Phlomis russeliana complements Primrose Carousel foxglove and Geranium Johnson's Blue
Members of the Lamiaceae family.
Heart-shaped, felted, mid-green, wintergreen leaves form weed-smothering clumps about 1ft tall and up to 1ft 6" across. The candelabra flower stem grow to 2ft 6in - 3ft tall and bear yellow hooded flowers between May and July. The seed heads last through the winter and look great when dusted with frost. Remove the seed heads in February unless you want plenty of self-seeds.
Really spectacular clumps of this plant can be seen at The Dorothy Clive Garden.
RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Price £4.50 (9cm pot)
Phlomis russeliana seed heads dusted with frost in winter.