Phlomis russeliana (Turkish sage)
An interesting phlomis in that it is a ground dweller, slowing spreading across the soil and providing a lovely velvety groundcover with heart shaped leaves. This is a phlomis that needs afternoon shade and would do very well in the cooler southern regions of Western Australia. I have found its foliage susceptible to burn from the hot afternoon sun, so plant among taller growing plants, especially those that use spring to develop their foliage like Salvia barrelieri, Echinops spinossisimus or smaller Miscanthus. But definitely don't mistake this phlomis for a shade dweller or you wont get any flowers! Tall flowering stems up to 1mH are produced in spring with soft lemon coloured blooms. Leave the spent flower stems for the architectural value of the seed heads. 0.5mW with foliage to 0.25mH.