Verbascum phoeniceum

Mullein, Purple Mullein

Once planted by monks to deter evil spirits, these are now grown for their large, hairy leaves and tall, elegant flower stalks which bloom with bright yellow flowers. Individual flowers on these perennials and biennials also come in orange, red and purple. They are small, but bloom in a long succession. Excellent for informal flower borders and naturalizing in suny, well-drained dry locations. Use dried stems and seed pods in arrangements. Flowers also used in herbal cold remedies. Will not tolerate cold, wet soil. Start by seed, root cuttings or offshoots. Cut back spent flower stalk to encourage side branches, which bloom later in summer.
Verbascum phoeniceum, Mullein, Purple Mullein
In late spring and early summer of its second year, this biennial flowers in white, yellow, orange, red, or purple. Downly leaves are gray-green. Plant reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Attributes - Verbascum phoeniceum

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 3 ft. to 5 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

Climate: Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates.

 
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