Purple mullein

Verbascum phoeniceum

Photo/Illustration: 
Alain Charest
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Purple mullein (Verbascum phoeniceum)
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.

Overview

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
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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