Is this a type of phlomis or am I going down the wrong alley.
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I agree on Phlomis!
I didn't realise they got this big!!
...and then they split, and fall over, generally. The "wood" of the stalks is quite brittle.
It's a common garden plant, best kept much smaller by pruning in autumn. So get out there now! Err, if that is your garden, that is...
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I spent the evening trawling the internet trying to find out about pruning and when to do it.!!!
It's not mine, but I do have the job of dealing with it.....onward!
One thing to watch with Phlomis fruticosa when you prune them is that all the foliage and stems are covered with a very dense tomentum (dense hairs) which can be very irritating if they get up your nose or in your eyes. Almost a case for a face mask I would say, but as Rachy points out they do respond to occasional heavy pruning, in the right conditions they can get very big!
David J Trevan
Thanks, i'll take precautions (-:
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