Large group of rosette-forming, summer-blooming plants that send up spikes closely set with nearly flat, five-petaled, circular flowers about an inch across. Both foliage and stems are often covered in woolly hairs. Taller mulleins make striking vertical accents.
Grow all in well-drained soil. Cut off spent flowers to encourage a second round of blooming. Mulleins self-sow freely—and some are downright weedy, such as the attractive roadside weed V. thapsus.Verbascum hybridum
Many hybrids are obtainable, either as blends or in single colors. Most must be grown from seed.
‘Banana Custard’. Biennial. Grows to 5–6 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Bright yellow flowers.
Benary hybrids, Cotswold hybrids. Perennials. These resemble V. phoeniceum but come in white, cream, pink, and purple. Named varieties include ‘Helen Johnson’ (peach pink) and ‘Pink Domino’ (bright pink).
‘Copper Rose’. Perennial. Grows to 4–6 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with buff, apricot, rose, or tan flowers. Blooms first year from seed sown in late winter, earliest spring.
‘Sierra Sunset’. Perennial. Rosettes 8 in. high and 14–18 in. wide produce flower stalks 1 1/2 ft. high that hold large blossoms in shades of melon and salmon, with rose accents.
Native from Kansas and Colorado south to Texas and Arizona. Mounding plant to 6–8 in. tall and 1...
Native to dry slopes and canyons below 4,000-ft. elevation in coast ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills...
Many hybrids are obtainable, either as blends or in single colors. Most must be grown from seed....