Native land of this beautiful garden perennial. I saw my first phlomis in 1996, on a garden tour, and put it on my wish list that day. I loved the whorls spaced so tastefully around the spike. Then I found out how easy it is to grow and how hardy (to -25 C) and I became more determined than ever to have it in my yard. At the time, I could not find any plants and seeds for just one species, Phlomis Tuberosa. Beggars can't be choosers so of course, I snatched them up. Per usual for me, only one seed germinated (I have a heck of a time with seeds, especially unusual & rarer varieties) but I planted the lone sprout, nursing it along until the following year (and every year thereafter) it gives me this. I think it was well worth the effort, don't you?
It is blooming right now in my yard and looks spectacular. I would love to find the yellow, Phlomis Russelliana, but have not had any luck. One more thing of note, it provides excellent foliage interest the entire summer which makes it a supreme plant in my book.