This biennial or short-lived, semi-evergreen perennial forms rosettes of leaves densely covered with grayish-yellow hairs. In summer, its bright-yellow or occasionally white blossoms flower along erect, branching stalks up to 5 feet high. It has naturalized in regions of the U.S.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsPlants are well-adapted to cottage, gravel, and rock gardens or naturalized areas. Erect stems bearing profuse saucer-shaped flowers are usually yellow, but also white, brownish-red, or purple. Individual flowers are short lived but numerous, and flowering takes place over a long time. This species will self-sow, but not as a nuisance, and many seedlings vary slightly from the parent cultivar, thus creating welcome surprises.
CareProvide any well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.
PropagationSow seeds directly into the garden, or start them indoors or in containers under a cold frame.
ProblemsPowdery mildew and other fungal leaf spots. Caterpillars.
- Genus : Verbascum
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
- Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Moisture : Adaptable
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Self Seeds
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : Yellow