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Phlomis fruticosa

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Phlomis (FLOW-miss) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

18 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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11 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bobbieberecz On Apr 21, 2014, bobbieberecz from Concrete, WA wrote:

I have enjoyed this plant for decades. First in clay soil, full sun in temperate Seattle, WA. Then in sandy soil in Seattle and finally out in the hot and freezing foothills of NW Washington. The soil here in the foothills is a silty loam that dries out quickly without mulch. I do a nuritious mulch every year and am faithful about watering. I also have had this plant in almost full but fairly bright shade and it blooms minamally but has wonderful healthy fresh wooly foliage. It has grown wide and robust in half day of sun (with summer temps in the high nineties for 2 or 3 weeks each summer and sometimes topping one hundred) and dappled shade in the morning. It never reaches over 3 1/2 feet but does spread at least 3 feet wide. Whether visitors are admiring the foliage or the unique flowers with just the right shade of butter yellow, this plant is always a 100% winner. I've shared divisions with many over the years. They fill out quickly and by the next year, gardners are pleased with the size and blooms. We had an unusually cold spell for several weeks (4*) this year and they all died back to the ground. But I see new leaves pushing up from the roots and will be interested to see if they bloom. Don't be dismayed at the straggly look after a cold and wet NW winter. Keep checking and usually you'll see little leaf buds forming on the dead looking stems. In no time you'll have a wonderful full and bushy plant with more flowers than the year before! I've taken a few division to a dry reach across the large lawn and am waiting to see just how much drought this plant can take this summer.

Positive woodylover On May 22, 2012, woodylover from Provincetown, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great plant for sun and well drained soils. It grew well in Ithaca, NY where I first tried it, and grows well here in Chilmark, MA on the island of Martha's Vineyard. I grow a number of other phlomis species now - P. russelliana, P. tuberosa, P. cashmeriana, and now trying P. samia. GREAT plants, and the deer and rabbits don't seem to like them either.

Positive leesdachshunds On Jun 13, 2011, leesdachshunds from Redding, CA wrote:

I planted a 1 gallon container about 6 years ago and each year mine gets bigger and has more blooms. We've had a wet Spring here this year and it reached 5 feet easy and was covered with blossoms. It even looks good in the winter as the plant ages it seems to aquire more character each season.

Positive sterhill On Jun 1, 2011, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Atlanta - I find this does not like really FULL sun, at least not here in Atlanta. It needs some shade. I moved mine around, even had to dig up up a couple of times and now it gets filtered shade and good morning sun. It is a really nifty plant and grows well from cuttings. Wooly leaves or no, it likes a good drink. BTW: the leaves are bigger in the shade and smaller and narrower in more sun.

Positive Pistil On Feb 14, 2011, Pistil from Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I first tried this plant in a very sandy place by the Lake, that never got very warm in the summer- it languished. I dug it up and gave it to my sister who lives in the foothills, zone 7. It hardly grew, stayed quite stunted. I took it back when I moved to a warmer spot on the hillside. Soil is clayey, but terraced. The Phlomis LOVES this spot- blooms for months, leaves are very nice. Only gets about 3 feet tall maximum.

Positive vickietx On Jun 26, 2008, vickietx from Abilene, TX wrote:

I have been trying to figure out what this plant was since I moved into this house almost 2 yrs ago. I had thought about trashing it,but decided against it. The flowers are really neat looking, different. :-)
Glad I finally found it. :-)

Positive mrs_colla On Apr 22, 2007, mrs_colla from Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My neighbour has this plant, and it survived all the frost this winter and is already blooming ( April).
When I asked her what it was she said Lionstail (Leonotis menthifolia). I should have known better than to believe her without checking it first, she is not a gardener. I ordered the leonotis, only to find out it is similar in flower and appearance, but the leaves aren't wolly!
Deeply saddened, my quest for the plant I wanted went on, and now I have found it!

Positive Tanya3 On Mar 25, 2006, Tanya3 from Visalia, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a wonderful bedding plant that tolerates our very hot summers here in the central valley of CA. We got two of these last spring, and they were beautiful all summer. They are already getting some blooms, and it's only March. Also, I noticed a few hummers on them last year!

Positive maggiemoo On Apr 21, 2005, maggiemoo from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I first saw this plant in the gardens at our local Extension office last year, in late winter. I loved the mound of soft, slightly fuzzy, grey-green leaves (I even like thier shape). I planted one in my own garden that Spring, and it has done well. I have to admit, when I started noticing them in bloom in public flowerbeds, I actually didn't care for the flowers at all. In fact, I cut my plant back to try to prevent it from flowering, and have been rewarded with additional mounds of those wonderful leaves. After reading Bah's take on the the look of the flowers, I'm beginning to appreciate them, and will not fight the flowering any more.

Positive Happenstance On Apr 15, 2005, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

A consistant performer in the garden, flowers last a long time, great gray foliage all year long.

Positive BAH On Mar 13, 2004, BAH from Hyampom, CA wrote:

I found this plant to add an interesting aspect to the common varieties of garden plants. The flowers remind me of Dr. Suess trees.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Claypool, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Amesti, California
Clayton, California
Concow, California
Fairfield, California
Los Angeles, California
North Fork, California
Quartz Hill, California
Redding, California
Redondo Beach, California
Roseville, California
San Anselmo, California
San Diego, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Clarita, California
Ventura, California
Visalia, California
Vista, California
Longmont, Colorado
Louisville, Colorado
Atlanta, Georgia
Waukegan, Illinois
Silver Spring, Maryland
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Clinton, Mississippi
Ithaca, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Blanket, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Grand Prairie, Texas
Hallettsville, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
La Coste, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Rockwall, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (3 reports)
Temple, Texas
Cascade-fairwood, Washington
Concrete, Washington
Fircrest, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Kalama, Washington
La Conner, Washington
Lake Stevens, Washington

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