Mullein

Verbascum 'Cherry Helen'

Mullein - Verbascum  'Cherry Helen'

Common Name: Mullein
Genus: Verbascum
Cultivar: 'Cherry Helen'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

An award winning variety producing tall stems with flowers covered in intense wine-red florets above rosettes of deep green leaves. Perfect for the middle of a sunny border or cottage garden it prefers poor well-drained alkaline soils.

  • Garden care: Apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch around the base of the plant in autumn to protect from winter extremes taking care not to cover the crown. Stake in spring with bamboo canes or twiggy prunings before the flowers appear. Mullein moth caterpillars can be a problem, pick off the insects in early June as soon as they appear. Remove faded flower spikes.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are mainly biennial so although they usually self-seed freely the plant will only live for two years.

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