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 CharacteristicsIndividual 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.
CareProvide well-drained soil and full sun. Deadhead to prolong bloom. Verbascums tend to flop in fertile soil.
PropagationSow seeds in spring in containers in a cold frame. Divide in spring.
ProblemsPowdery mildew and other fungal leaf spots. Caterpillars. Crown rot in wet winters or where soil is poorly drained.
- Genus : Verbascum
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
- Uses : Containers
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer, Spring, Summer
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest