Mullein

Verbascum 'Helen Johnson'

Mullein - Verbascum  'Helen Johnson'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Cultivar: 'Helen Johnson'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Brown, Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

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

Erect spires of saucer-shaped brownish-pink flowers with purple centres from May to August above rosettes of grey-green leaves A comparatively recent introduction this brownish-pink verbascum is valued for its neat habit. Perfect for the middle of a sunny border or cottage garden it prefers poor well-drained alkaline soils.

  • 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 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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