Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Phlomis longifolia var. bailanica

Written by Ms Beth Smith
Longifolia bailanica Longifolia bailanica

Phlomis longifolia, var. bailanica is a very garden worthy species recorded as longifolia by Boissier & Blanche in 1859 with the subspecies bailanica being named by Vierhapper (1915) and Huber-Morath (1958).

It originates in Turkey and Syria, flowers in the wild in May-June and about the same time in Devon. The cultivated form is available from good nurseries. The leaves have a very rich dark green colour with an attractive puckered (rugose) upper surface and the flower colour is an egg yoke yellow. Hardy to -15°C. A beautiful shrub!

Beth Smith's National Collection of Phlomis is grown in her garden at Mortehoe on the North Devon coast and is open by appointment Tel.01271 871182 and on 3 Sundays for National Garden Scheme.

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