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Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

Also known as

Great Mullein, Aaron's Rod, Hag taper, Torches

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

50cm

1.5m

Min

10cm

2 to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Common Mullein Overview

Verbascum thapsus is an erect, yellow-flowering biennial, also known as Great Mullein and Aaron's Rod. Its foliage forms a rosette of large grey, very hairy leaves in its first year. In the second year, it produces erect stems bearing a succession of light yellow, saucer-shaped flowers. Suitable for a dry position in a herbaceous border or a gravel garden, Verbascum thapsus prefers a poor, alkaline, well-drained soil in full sun. It is good for attracting bees and other pollinators.

Common problems with Common Mullein

How to propagate Common Mullein

Seed

Division

In spring.

Cuttings

Selected forms by root cuttings only.

Special features of Common Mullein

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Other uses of Common Mullein

Wildflower/meadow, medicinal.