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Verbascum 'Sugar Plum'

Verbascum 'Sugar Plum' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Verbascum 'Sugar Plum' ver-BASS-kum Genus: Verbascum
This dwarf mullein is just 15 inches tall but it packs a big floral punch. In early spring, violet-purple flowers with dark purple anthers emerge unfazed by late frosts and continue into the summer.
Noteworthy characteristics: Individual flowers are short-lived but numerous, and flowering takes place over a long time. Self-sown seedlings vary slightly from the parent cultivar, thus creating welcome surprises. Most species are found on dry, stony hillsides and open woodlands, but are well-adapted to cottage, gravel, and rock gardens, or naturalized areas with well-drained soil.
Care: Provide well-drained soil and full sun. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Verbascums tend to flop in fertile soil.
Propagation: Sow seeds in spring in containers in a cold frame. Divide in spring.
Problems: Powdery mildew and other fungal leaf spots. Caterpillars. Crown rot in wet winters or where soil is poorly drained.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant;Frost Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Spring; Early Summer; Late Summer; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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