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Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' (Mullein 'Cherry Helen')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.2m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Verbascum 'Cherry Helen'

Other names

Mullein 'Cherry Helen'

Genus

Verbascum Verbascum

Variety or Cultivar

'Cherry Helen' _ 'Cherry Helen' is an erect, often short-lived, semi-evergreen perennial with a basal rosette of ovate to oblong, hairy, dark grey-green leaves and sturdy stems bearing slender panicles of saucer-shaped, reddish-purple flowers in summer.


Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Reddish-purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Figwort weevils Caterpillars , Figwort weevils

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes.

Propagation methods

Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' (Mullein 'Cherry Helen') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in poor, alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. In more fertile soils, it grows large and needs support. Will not tolerate wet, boggy conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Verbascum 'Cherry Helen'

Other names

Mullein 'Cherry Helen'

Genus

Verbascum Verbascum

Variety or Cultivar

'Cherry Helen' _ 'Cherry Helen' is an erect, often short-lived, semi-evergreen perennial with a basal rosette of ovate to oblong, hairy, dark grey-green leaves and sturdy stems bearing slender panicles of saucer-shaped, reddish-purple flowers in summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Figwort weevils

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes.

Propagation methods

Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Verbascum 'Cherry Helen' (Mullein 'Cherry Helen') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Beds and borders, Gravel, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in poor, alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. In more fertile soils, it grows large and needs support. Will not tolerate wet, boggy conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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