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Verbascum 'Cotswold Queen'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Verbascums are stately, tall, upright-growing, border perennials that are ideal for adding height and structure to planting schemes. Verbascum '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 Verbascum 'Cotswold Queen' 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.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Verbascum

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 110cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

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