Mullien

Verbascum spp.

Velvet Plant

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A yellow Verbascum plant flowering in a garden
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Pick leaves as needed for medicinal use.

Propagation

Cuttings

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.

Seed

Selfseed easily, although sterile hybrids have been released and prefered in recent times.

Special features

Drought resistant

Thrives best in a sunny, well-drained position. Needs little water once established. Can become too top-heavy in moister soils.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Europe and Asia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Caterpillars, figwort weevil, powdery mildew.
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