Phlomis tuberosa

Regular visitors to the Garden will know that we make good use of the more common, canary yellow Phlomis russeliana in herbaceous combinations of long interest. But this earlier-flowering, pale mauve Jersusalem sage is also a beauty, bearing whorls of very hirsute, pale lilac hooded flowers around dark burgundy, four-sided stems (typical of the Lamiaceae family). Although it has already gone over on the Systematic Beds, it still looks fabulous on the Mediterranean Beds.
Each densely packed whorl of flowers sits upon a pair of long tapering leaves arranged alternatively around the stem. The flowers are particularly popular with bumblebees.

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