Distribution: Mediterranean region, west to island of Sardinia.(west of Italy).
Hardiness Zone: USDA Zones 8-10 (view
USDA zone map)
Size: Grows up to 4 ft. tall.
Form: Much branched, frost tender, aromatic perennial.
Stem/Bud: Stems and leaves pubescent, with dense, white tomentum; stems square.
Leaves: Leaves opposite, sage like, tomentose, grey green, sometimes wrinkled, lanceolate to elliptic, 2 to 4 in. long, with leaf margins entire, and white undersides.
Flower: Flowers tomentose, yellow, hooded, in 14 to 36 flowered clusters at leaf axils.; flowering June, July to August.
Fruit: Fruit are four brown, pubescent nutlets.
Uses: Grow in masses in a perennial bed for interesting foliage, scent and flowers. Plant in dry areas. Attract bees and butterflies.
Culture: Grow in full sun in a dry, ordinary well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
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