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- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants of the order Labiatæ, the mint family, belonging to the tribe Stackydeæ and subtribe Lamieæ, and characterized by the villous and concave upper lip, the plicate calyx, and the densely flowered whorls in the axils. There are about 50 species, natives of the Mediterranean region and Asia. They are herbs or shrubs with rugose or puckered leaves, often thick and woolly or hoary, and sessile yellow, purple, or white flowers. They rank among the most showy hardy plants of the mint family. About a dozen species are in common cultivation, especially P. fruticosa, the Jerusalem sage (see
sage), a half-shrubby plant, 3 to 5 feet high, covered with rusty down, and producing many dense whorls of rich-yellow flowers. Several other shrubby species from the Mediterranean are cultivated under the name Phlomis. P. Herba-venti, the wind-herb, is the best of the herbaceous species. P. tuberosa occurs introduced on the south shore of Lake Ontario. See also lampwick, 2, and Jupiter's-distaff.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Phlomis; grown primarily for their dense whorls of lipped flowers and attractive foliage
“As those insects which have many spiracula, or breathing apertures, as wasps and flies, are immediately suffocated by pouring oil upon them, I carefully covered with oil the surfaces of several leaves of phlomis, of Portugal laurel, and balsams, and though it would not regularly adhere, I found them all die in a day or two.”
“This suggests that most phlomis, including the shrubby ones from the Mediterranean, are hardy.”
“This earlier phlomis keeps a presence in winter, just like 'Edward Bowles', but the foliage is much greyer and the earlier flowers brighter yellow.”
“The creamy hood on each individual flower partly conceals a lemon lip that's regularly leant on by bumble bees - the only insects capable of pollinating phlomis.”
“There are about 100 species of phlomis, but they hybridise in the wild and naming can be difficult.”
“The most voguish phlomis is the May-flowering P. tuberosa”
“Perennial phlomis can be divided in early autumn or from mid-spring.,”
“They're perfect for a Mediterranean garden, mixing in with lavenders, salvias, cistus and phlomis.”
“6. The Gardens here at Kew are looking lovey - the Mediterranean Garden is a mass of cistus and phlomis and my beloved Spartium juncium, and awash in sweet and resinous incense-y scents.”
“Take 4in cuttings of the shrubby phlomis in June, July or August.”
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