• WordNet 3.6
    • n phlomis any of various plants of the genus Phlomis; grown primarily for their dense whorls of lipped flowers and attractive foliage
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n phlomis A genus of gamopetalous plants of the order Labiatæ, the mint family, belonging to the tribe Stackydeæ and subtribe Lamieæ, and characterized by the villous and concave upper lip, the plicate calyx, and the densely flowered whorls in the axils. There are about 50 species, natives of the Mediterranean region and Asia. They are herbs or shrubs with rugose or puckered leaves, often thick and woolly or hoary, and sessile yellow, purple, or white flowers. They rank among the most showy hardy plants of the mint family. About a dozen species are in common cultivation, especially P. fruticosa, the Jerusalem sage (see sage), a half-shrubby plant, 3 to 5 feet high, covered with rusty down, and producing many dense whorls of rich-yellow flowers. Several other shrubby species from the Mediterranean are cultivated under the name Phlomis. P. Herba-venti, the wind-herb, is the best of the herbaceous species. P. tuberosa occurs introduced on the south shore of Lake Ontario. See also lampwick, 2, and Jupiter's-distaff.
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In literature:

Labiata spinosa of Khegumpa or Phlomis, Labiata, Quercoides.
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