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Verbascum phoeniceum (Purple mullein, Mullein)

Verbascum phoeniceum Photo/Illustration: Alain Charest


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Verbascum phoeniceum Common Name: Purple mullein, Mullein Genus: Verbascum
This biennial or short-lived perennial species is one of the earliest mulleins to bloom. Its showy blossoms of dark-purple, violet, pink, or white open along slender 3-foot spires for about two weeks in early summer. Its shiny dark green leaves are ground-hugging and evergreen. It has naturalized in some regions of the U.S.
Noteworthy characteristics: Verbascum phoeniceum is commonly found on dry, stony hillsides and open woodlands, but it is well-adapted to cottage, gravel, and rock gardens or naturalized areas. It self-sows but not as a nuisance, and many seedlings vary slightly from the parent cultivar, thus creating welcome surprises.
Care: Provide well-drained soil in full sun. Verbascums tend to flop in fertile soil.
Propagation: Sow seeds in spring in containers under a cold frame. Divide in spring.
Problems: Powdery mildew and other fungal leaf spots. Caterpillars.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Self Seeds; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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