Mullein is a biennial herb native to Asia, northern Africa and Europe. This beloved herb grows wild in North America, with its signature lamb's ear soft leaves and tall spikes of yellow flowers.
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. -1 ft apart. Remove spent blooms to prevent seed formation, control spreading.