Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer'

Mullein - Verbascum bombyciferum  'Arctic Summer'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Species: bombyciferum
Cultivar: 'Arctic Summer'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.80 m (180 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

A beautiful and improved version of Verbascum bombyciferum. In summer tall spikes of large saucer-shaped sulphur-yellow flowers appear above downy-white basal leaves. A stunning plant for the back of a sunny border or planted in dramatic swathes in an island bed.
  • Garden care: Mullein moth caterpillars can be a problem - pick off the insects in early June as soon as they appear. Remove faded flower-spikes. Apply a thick 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch around the base of the plant in early spring.
  • Goes well with: Eryngium variifolium, Gysophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy', Echinops ritro, Ceratostigma willmottianum, Agapanthus 'Bressingham Hybrids', Perovskia 'Blue Spire' and Aconitum 'Stainless Steel'.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are mainly biennial so although they usually self-seed freely the plant will only live for two years

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