From very large, grey, felty leaves raises up attractive spikes.
These then reveal surprisingly beautiful, creamy-yellow flowers on tall spires, with a good fragrance.
Yellow flowers often don’t do a lot for me, but the creamy character of these flowers is fascinating.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the back of a border, Cottage Garden, in a wild flower bed, rough area or herb garden. It is easy in well drained soil, but it produces just leaves in the first year, flowers in the second year and tends to die at that point, but it invariably drops seeds which carry the plant on.
Mullein is also known as Velvet plants, Great or Common Mullein and Cowboy Toilet Paper!
Botanical name: Verbascum thapsus
Mullein culinary uses:
None, but the flowers can make a yellow or green dye.
The wiry plant parts have been used as candle wicks.
Dried stems can be dipped into suet or wax to make torches.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
It will cover the ground, but it dislikes being crowded by other plants.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well drained soil, also tolerates chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal moisture or dryish stony soil.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy, but it’s not long lived, although it gently reseeds itself.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 1.8 m.
Spread 60 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 3 plant per square metre.
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