Verbascum olympicum


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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Plant details

Verbascum olympicum is a rosette-forming perennial with attractive grey woolly leaves. From early to late summer, tall candelabra-like spikes of yellow blooms are produced. It usually takes about two to three years for the plant to flower and when it does, the plant often dies afterwards. However, they do self-seed copiously and, if possible, leave seedlings where they appear naturally as they are very drought-tolerant.

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Verbascum

Species: olympicum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 60cm

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These plants are amazing. They are like triffids but soft and furry.

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