Mullein

Verbascum (cotswold group) 'Cotswold Queen'

Mullein - Verbascum (cotswold group)  'Cotswold Queen'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Species: (cotswold group)
Cultivar: 'Cotswold Queen'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

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

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

  • Towering spires of saucer shaped yellow summer flowers with purple centres above rosettes of grey green leaves. This cheerful yellow verbascum provides vertical interest in a sunny border or cottage garden. It prefers a poor well-drained soil. On more favourable soil conditions the plant needs staking in spring.

  • 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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