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Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' (Mullein 'Gainsborough')

Skill rating
Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
1.5m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
0.5m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough'

Other names: Mullein 'Gainsborough', Verbascum phoeniceum 'Gainsborough'

Genus: Verbascum Verbascum

Variety or Cultivar: 'Gainsborough' _ 'Gainsborough' is a short-lived, herbaceous perennial with semi-evergreen, grey-green foliage forming at the base of the plant. Tall spikes of pale-lemon flowers are produced in summer.


Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests: Caterpillars , Figwort weevils Caterpillars , Figwort weevils

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Remove faded flower spikes. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Root cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' (Mullein 'Gainsborough') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in alkaline, poor, well-drained soil in full sun. In more fertile soils, it grows large and needs support.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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Botanical name: Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough'

Other names: Mullein 'Gainsborough', Verbascum phoeniceum 'Gainsborough'

Genus: Verbascum Verbascum

Variety or Cultivar: 'Gainsborough' _ 'Gainsborough' is a short-lived, herbaceous perennial with semi-evergreen, grey-green foliage forming at the base of the plant. Tall spikes of pale-lemon flowers are produced in summer.


Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' is: Semi evergreen

Flower: Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Caterpillars , Figwort weevils

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Remove faded flower spikes. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Root cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' (Mullein 'Gainsborough') will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in alkaline, poor, well-drained soil in full sun. In more fertile soils, it grows large and needs support.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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