Mullein

Verbascum chaixii 'Album'

Mullein - Verbascum chaixii  'Album'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Species: chaixii
Cultivar: 'Album'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to August

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

Bold spires of saucer-shaped white flowers with mauve centres from May to August. One of the most reliable and long-flowering varieties of Verbascum. Seeds sown in a cold frame in late spring or early summer produce rosettes of hairy mid-green leaves and flowers the following year. Perfect for a sunny border.

  • Garden care:Apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch around the base of the plant in autumn to protect from winter extremes taking care not to cover the crown. Stake in spring with bamboo canes or twiggy prunings before the flowers appear. Mullein moth caterpillars can be a problem, pick off the insects in early June as soon as they appear. Remove faded flower spikes.

    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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