Mullein

16 Sep

Mullein (Verbascum), deciduous, low basal growth with tall flower spikes to 2-3 feet in height, summer bloom in many colors including orange, yellow, pink and purple, hairy gray-green leaves, full sun to part shade, drought tolerant when established, deer resistant, good cut flower.

The Mulleins,  genus Verbascum (also known as velvet plants), are a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). They are native to Europe and Asia, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region.

They are biennial or perennial plants, rarely annuals or subshrubs. The plants first form a dense rosette of leaves at ground level, subsequently sending up a tall flowering stem. Biennial plants will form the rosette the first year, and during the following season is when the stem emerges. The leaves are spirally arranged, often densely hairy, though glabrous (hairless) in some species. The flowers have five symmetrical petals; petal colours in different species include yellow (most common), orange, red-brown, purple, blue or white. The fruit is a capsule containing numerous minute seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

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