Verbascum is a genus of plants that can be discovered by surprise in one's garden having seeded themselves from a nearby plot! Their silver rosettes complement the soft pastel blues and pinks of a country garden scheme. Verbascum 'Gainsborough' is a plant that does not like surprises; being a sterile hybrid of the genus it will not seed itself around. A good choice for gardeners who like to have more control. Branched in flower like Verbascum bombyciferum, it will add a primes yellow hint to a dry sunny bed, working well with other Mediterranean plants.
Pick leaves as needed for medicinal use.
Lift a vigorous plant in winter and select pencil-thick young roots. Cuttings should be 5-10cm and inserted into compost vertically, crown end up, just below the surface and placed in a cold-frame.
Selfseed easily, although sterile hybrids have been released and prefered in recent times.
Thrives best in a sunny, well-drained position. Needs little water once established. Can become too top-heavy in moister soils.
Europe and Asia.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Caterpillars, figwort weevil, powdery mildew.