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White Mullein

Verbascum lychnitis

Verbascum lychnitis by semion polenok (

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








9 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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White Mullein Overview

Verbascum lychnitis is a semi-evergreen short-lived or biennial perennial that can grow to 1m tall from a basal rosette of grey-green hairy leaves. In summer this wild flower produces flower spikes covered in white and yellow flowers. Commonly known as White Mullein, it is very similar to Hoary Mullein (V. pulverulentum) and also prefers a light alkaline soil with sun and good drainage and is ideal for including in informal cottage style mixed borders, giving height and interest. This plant is a great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with White Mullein

How to harvest White Mullein

Flower spikes can be cut for floral arrangements as required. Collect seed in autumn once the seed heads have ripened. Store in paper bags or envelopes in cool dry conditions for use the next year.

How to propagate White Mullein


Verbascum self-seeds readily, however young seedlings need to be moved in early autumn before they develop deep tap roots which do not like being disturbed. These seedlings from cultivars and hybrids may not produce the same flowers as their parents. Sow collected seeds in April or May into trays of pre watered seed compost. Maintain the temperature at 15º-18ºC out of direct sunlight. Germination should take between 14 to 30 days. Prick-out seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle into individual pots and grow on in cool conditions. Plant out when the roots reach the bottom of the pot into their final position.

Special features of White Mullein

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Other uses of White Mullein

These drought resistant plants suit being included in gravel and dry gardens as well as informal cottage garden mixed borders and wildlife friendly spaces.