Verbascum 'Helen Johnson'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (40771)

Plant details

This is a striking plant with cabbage-like rosettes of grey-green foliage in winter, crowned with tall upright spikes of flowers growing from the centre of each in summer. The grey-green spikes are studded with lots of single, fully-open 4cm (1.5in) wide dusky, almost brownish-pink, flowers. The plant associates well with other summer flowers such as delphiniums, but also looks very good grown among roses. Be warned that plants often do not return after they have flowered.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Verbascum

Cultivar: Helen Johnson

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Flowering period: July to August

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