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Purple Mullein

Verbascum phoeniceum

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








6 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Purple Mullein Overview

Purple Mullein is a hardy perennial wildflower that produces branching stems of violet, pink or purple flowers from basal rosettes of dark green, broad leaves. Botanically known as Verbascum phoeniceum, this drought-resistant upright flower prefers well-drained sites making it a useful addition to gravel gardens. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Purple Mullein

These plants can be attacked by caterpillars.

How to harvest Purple Mullein

Collect ripe seeds in autumn and store in a frost-free, dry and dark location for use the following year.

How to propagate Purple Mullein


Take root cuttings in winter while the plant is dormant.


Left and divide slumps in spring.


Sow seeds in the spring or late summer.

Special features of Purple Mullein

Attractive flowers

Beautiful saucer-shaped flowers

Drought resistant

Other uses of Purple Mullein

This plant suits being grown in wall-side borders, rock garden and mixed borders.