Photo:© Blackstem Plants
Phlomis tuberosa 'Bronze Flamingo'
Sage leaf mullein
In July and August, whorls of tubular, lilac flowers appear at intervals on erect ruby-red stems held high above large, downy leaves. Even after the flowers fade, these rather bizarre looking stems create a dramatic presence in the border, with architectural seed-heads that look wonderful amongst late-flowering perennials and grasses.
Leave these on over winter as tiny insects hibernate in the vacated seed tubes and they look other worldly in frost.
This is a versatile, robust perennial from the Mediterranean that is drought tolerant and will grow well in very dry soils; they dislike too much wet and rot very quickly.
'Bronze Flamingo' is a shorter version of the very large variety 'Amazone' but no less eyecatching for that.
Well drained, clay.
Full sun, partial shade