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 CharacteristicsVerbascum 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.
CareProvide well-drained soil in full sun. Verbascums tend to flop in fertile soil.
PropagationSow seeds in spring in containers under a cold frame. Divide in spring.
ProblemsPowdery mildew and other fungal leaf spots. Caterpillars.
- Genus : Verbascum
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink, White
- Characteristics : Self Seeds
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest