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Verbascum 'Blue Lagoon'

Mullein

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Verbascum 'Blue Lagoon'

Plant details

Verbascums are eye-catching, drought-tolerant plants with felted, silver-grey rosettes of large leaves. Tall, furry flower-spikes emerge bearing wide-open, (usually) yellow flowers, in early to midsummer. Plants self-seed readily.

The tall, erect spikes of Verbascum 'Blue Lagoon' are packed with small, blue flowers with yellow stamens, throughout summer. It makes a striking show for the middle to back of a multi-coloured border or white bed, and is easily grown from seed.

For best results grow Verbascum 'Blue Lagoon' 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 causes unsightly holes in the foliage. If possible grow 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: Blue Lagoon

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 70cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: May to June

Flowering period: May to August


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