Verbascums are stately, tall, upright-growing, border perennials that are ideal for adding height and structure to planting schemes. 'Cotswold Queen is a tall variety with deeply-veined leaves and yellow flowers with a pinkish-purple eye. It will fit into both bold-coloured and pastel planting schemes and is equally at home in the cottage garden or manicured border. Plants have a long flowering season throughout the summer months.
For best results grow in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun or partial shade. Cut old flowering stems to ground level to prolong flowering. Plants are the caterpillar foodplant of the mullein moth, Cucullia verbasci, which cause unsightly holes in the foliage. If possible grow plants towards the centre of the border so other plants mask the holey leaves, or grow wild verbascums nearby, onto which you can transfer the caterpillars.
Cultivar: Cotswold Queen
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Yellow
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to divide plants: February to March
Flowering period: July to September
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