9 months to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Hoary Mullein Overview
Verbascum pulverulentum is a semi-evergreen short-lived perennial species that grows as a wild flower in Britain & Northern Europe. Commonly known as Hoary Mullein, it is very similar to V. lychnitis (White Mullein) whose native range overlaps and extends to Asia Temperate. Preferring free draining ground, this sun loving plant produces tall flowering spikes up to 1.8m tall in summer from a basal rosette of grey-green hairy leaves.
How to harvest Hoary 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 Hoary 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 Hoary Mullein
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Hoary 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.