Verbascum bombyciferum

Mullein

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This is an eye-catching plant with heavily felted, silver-grey rosettes of large leaves that look outstanding in winter. From these, tall, furry, silvery flower-spikes emerge in early summer. These reach their full height by mid-summer and start to produce a succession of wide-open, yellow flowers which continue into late summer. After flowering, the spikes still look attractive for months before starting to die off. Plants self-seed copiously. If possible leave seedlings where they appear naturally as they are very drought-tolerant.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Verbascum

Species: bombyciferum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Time to divide plants: March to May


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