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phlomis tuberosa amazone

WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 371
Morning,

I have several phlomis tuberosa amazone (which I bought last year) which have finished flowering now and ideally I’d like to cut down the flower stems so that neighbouring plants can be seen a bit better as they come into flower.

As it’s the first time I’ve cut them, do I cut the flower stem, which is the main stem and pretty thick, down to the ground or below a healthy looking side shoot low down?

When I bought these last July, they had been cut back and there was no sign of any flower stems, just fresh nasal leaf growth so maybe I should aim to replicate that?

 Thanks.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,629
    I'd take out the whole stem, it has no further use unless you want seed
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 371
    I don’t think it grows from seed. Thanks, I’ll cut it back later. 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,325
    I have never grown this plant is it hardy? I guess it doesn't produce seedheads like P Russeliana?
    The process of making a garden is like a river running through your life.
    The place stays the same but the water, even in the stillest days always moves.
    Monty Don.
  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 371
    I believe it is hardy, I have six which all survived the winter and been moved in the spring. 

    Here’s a pic of the faded flower heads. 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,629
    I don’t think it grows from seed. Thanks, I’ll cut it back later. 
    it wouldn't come totally true

  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 2,201
    I like the seedheads of my Russeliana as they are so sculptural.  And look lovely with snow on them!

  • WildlifeloverWildlifelover Posts: 371
    nutcutlet said:
    I don’t think it grows from seed. Thanks, I’ll cut it back later. 
    it wouldn't come totally true

    Based on this info, you can’t grow it from seed?;

    https://www.bethchatto.co.uk/conditions/plants-for-dry-conditions/phlomis-tuberosa-amazone.htm
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 2,325
    @Wildlifelover If it has seedheads like P Russeliana I wouldn't deadheaded it. Sorry I have no idea if they are worth keeping. 
    The process of making a garden is like a river running through your life.
    The place stays the same but the water, even in the stillest days always moves.
    Monty Don.
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