Mullein

Verbascum bombyciferum 'Polarsommer'

Mullein - Verbascum bombyciferum  'Polarsommer'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Species: bombyciferum
Cultivar: 'Polarsommer'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

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

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

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

An attractive rosette-forming biennial that is covered in silky silver hairs. In summer tall spikes of saucer-shaped butter yellow flowers appear above white-wooly 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 so look out for them in early June and pick them off 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

    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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