Phlomis cashmeriana Royle ex Benth.
Kashmir Sage, Cashmere Sage
Color: Pale lilac-pink
Bloom Time: Spring and summer
Phlomis cashmeriana is a tough, durable, long-blooming perennial that grows to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and spread out to form a wide mass up to 10 feet (3 m) or more. It has densely woolly stems that hold 8 inches (20 cm) long leaves broadly rounded at the base and pointed at the tip with a scalloped margin and downy undersides. The large pale lilac-pink flowers bloom in spring and summer.
USDA hardiness zone 4b to 8b: from −25 °F (−31.7 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).
How to Grow and Care
If you wish to plant Phlomis in a container, use a large one filled with compost with a soil foundation. Try not to be too generous in feeding and watering your plant as it grows well in drought. Once your Phlomis begins to form flowers, you may need to do some trimming as it tends to grow uncontrollably. Trimming it back will put a limit on this. When winter comes, keep the plant protected in a cool area. Always remember that you should water it as minimally as possible.
For propagating purposes, select seeds of medium size, preferably during autumn. Make use of a plug or seed trays, covering them with a thin coating of compost. Place them in a cool area. The germination process can be quite swift. As soon as your seedlings are big enough, you may begin to transplant them into an area of your garden that is safe from the frost.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Phlomis.
This species is native to Afghanistan.
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