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Verbascum lychnitis (White mullein )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Verbascum lychnitis

Other names

White mullein

Genus

Verbascum Verbascum

Species

V. lychnitis - V. lychnitis is a rosette-forming, biennial or short-lived perennial with long, narrowly ovate, silvery grey-green leaves and a sturdy, erect stem bearing a panicle of loose racemes of saucer-shaped, white or yellow flowers in summer.


Verbascum lychnitis is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Compact, Rosette

Flower

White, Yellow 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

Sow seed in a cold frame from late spring to early summer. Tends to self-seed readily. Hybridizes with other Verbascum species though offspring are usually sterile.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Verbascum lychnitis (White mullein ) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in poor, light, alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. Thrives in chalk. Does not tolerate shade or wet soil. Apply a thick, dry mulch around the crown in autumn. Stake in spring. Remove faded flowers spikes.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

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 lychnitis

Other names

White mullein

Genus

Verbascum Verbascum

Species

V. lychnitis - V. lychnitis is a rosette-forming, biennial or short-lived perennial with long, narrowly ovate, silvery grey-green leaves and a sturdy, erect stem bearing a panicle of loose racemes of saucer-shaped, white or yellow flowers in summer.

Native to

Europe

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Compact, Rosette


Colour

Flower

White, Yellow 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

Sow seed in a cold frame from late spring to early summer. Tends to self-seed readily. Hybridizes with other Verbascum species though offspring are usually sterile.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Verbascum lychnitis (White mullein ) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.4m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in poor, light, alkaline, well-drained soil in sun. Thrives in chalk. Does not tolerate shade or wet soil. Apply a thick, dry mulch around the crown in autumn. Stake in spring. Remove faded flowers spikes.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

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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