photo:(left) JG in SF (right) Karl Hauser
Need a large almost ever-blooming shrub for a HOT, DRY, DEER INFESTED location? Presto! Phlomis purpurea is here to save the day! About 4-6’ tall and 4’ across, this pretty native of Spain bears large and attractive whorls of rosy-lavender hooded blooms. Loads of wooly, upright branching stems create a dense form with attractive leathery aromatic grey-green lance-shaped foliage. Requiring little more than a bit of drainage and a good cutback (to about 1’ in the Fall), this tough character thrives in the heat of the Central Valley and combines nicely with other easy heat lovers such as Lavender, Cistus and Rosemary. Hardy to 15 degrees F.