Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’. The strangest feature of this member of the Lamiaceae are the whorls of lavender-pink tubular flowers that are borne at each node along dark red stems. This flowering feature, known as verticillasters, seems out-of-place on the plant, but the flowers do attract honeybees, native bees, butterflies, and birds.
Plants can get quite large–up to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The tuber-like root of this Phlomis gives the species its specific epithet. Phlomis tuberosa provides a strong vertical element in the garden and adds to a meadow-like appearance of planted areas. Cultivar ‘Amazone’ is known for its taller presence and more vigorous growth habit, when compared to the species.
|Botanical Name||Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’|
|Common Name||phlomis ‘Amazone’|
|USDA Zone||6 thru 9|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||all seasons|
|Height and Spread||3-5ft x 2-3ft (90-150cm x 60-90cm)|
|Flower Color||Purple, Pink|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators,|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: Ukraine|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Southwest Dark Plate, North Dark Plate|