Verbascum 'Sugar Plum'

Verbascum 'Sugar Plum'

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

Overview

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
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
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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