Mullein

Verbascum (cotswold group) 'Gainsborough'

Mullein - Verbascum (cotswold group)  'Gainsborough'

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

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: Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to August

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

Statuesque spires of saucer-shaped soft yellow flowers from May to August above rosettes of grey-green leaves. This delicate pale yellow verbascum is perfect for a sunny border or cottage garden. The pale yellow flowers and grey-green foliage look excellent next to the thistle-like blue flowerheads of Echinops ritro. Thrives in poor well-drained soil.

  • 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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