Phlomis bovei ssp. maroccana



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Phlomis bovei ssp. maroccana

Moroccan Phlomis

Whorls of pale pink flowers, pouting with purple lips.
Phlomis bovei ssp maroccana looms in spring and early summer, and then gives some repeats again in autumn.
Impressive whorls of flowers are stacked up tall, upright stems.
They soar above the groundcover mat of foliage.
So it is a wonderful foliage plant too.
With broad, grey felted, heart shaped leaves, that form a dense and weed suppressing groundcover.

Growing: Phlomis bovei ssp. maroccana

– Height with flowers: Flower stems tower 1m. approx. above the groundcover of felted foliage.
– Width: Forms a dense groundcover mat of evergreen broad leaves, to a diameter of 90cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun. Though it will also tolerate a little Partial Shade, but only if the shade is dry and well aired.
Moroccan Phlomis is an excellent plant where a tough, drought resistant groundcover is needed.
Good choice too for binding the surface of a bank.
– Soil: Well drained, sandy/dry soils.
Moroccan Phlomis can withstand a range of soil conditions as long the soil is not consistently wet and is well drained.

So very tough & water-wise

– Water-wise: Moroccan Phlomis has remarkable abilities to withstand drought and heat.
But it does come from the deserts of Morocco and Algeria after all.
– Frost: Frost hardy. It can withstand frosts down to at least -5C. Although its native home in the desert is scorching hot in summer. It also has cold, frosty nights in winter.
– Growth: Evergreen shrubby perennial.

Easy low care

– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees, butterflies and nectar sipping native birds, all just love dipping their bills into the tubular flowers. Because this Phlomis is so long blooming, it becomes a favourite larder of nectar for our flying friends.
– Care: Low maintenance, easy care shrub.
Cut spent flower stems and prune to maintain desired shape but not essential.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Deer and rabbits don’t seem to like either the texture of the felted leaves, or the taste of the aromatic oils in the leaves. The plant has developed natural protections against grazing animals in the desert.
– Origin: Thrives in the heat and dry of Morocco and Algeria.