This genus belongs to the Mint family and includes about 100 perennials as well as subshrubs from the Mediterranean and western Asia. Drought resistant and hardy, many of the species will thrive in warm sunny sites and dry woodland edges. Ornamental whorls of purple, pink or yellow blooms open in the summer, providing long-lasting stems and flower clusters for fresh and dried decoration in the garden or kitchen.
With a rugged constitution yet stately stature, this enduring Himalayan denizen spawns 12 in. long, spade-shaped gray-green leaves that emphasize a felted aspect, scalloped margins plus luminous silver undersides. Stout woolly stems shoulder the large whorled clusters of tubular lilac-pink blooms above a soft-looking bushy foundation. Adored by birds, bees and butterflies, Phlomis cashmeriana remains evergreen in milder climates, while appreciating proper air circulation, sunshine galore and sharp-draining soil.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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