Biennial. Mullein is well adapted to cottage, gravel, and rock gardens. In its function as a pioneer plant, it loves to protect and cover disturbed soil. The first year, this biennial will create a short basal rosette of thick, soft, pale-green leaves that are sometimes called “cowboy toilet paper” or “flannel leaf”. The second year it will send up a tall stalk of abundant dense flowers unique to this V. densiflorum variety of mullein. The first-year leaves have been traditionally used dried as an infusion for lung issues, and the second-year flowers for ear aches.
- 8-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 7-21 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 60-70 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: Surface Sow
- Plant Spacing: 24"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Verbascum densiflorum
Growing Tips: Prefers full sun, fairly dry soil. Surface-sow seeds in spring, gently pressing into place. Thin to 1-2 ft apart. Remove spent blooms to prevent seed formation, control spreading.