Moth Mullein

Verbascum blattaria

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verbascum (ver-BASK-um) (Info)
Species: blattaria (blat-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Agoura Hills, California

North Fork, California

Archer, Florida

Boise, Idaho

Flora, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Oakland, Maryland

Eupora, Mississippi

Starkville, Mississippi

Vincentown, New Jersey

Elba, New York

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Scio, Oregon

Springfield, Oregon

Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

Springboro, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Fairview, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Bumpass, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 4, 2006, muddpuppy from Starkville, MS wrote:

An incredibly hardy flower here in the alkaline clay soils of Zone 7. I've observed both yellow and white forms growing wild by the roadside in poor soil no more than 1/2 inch deep. This year it showed up in my horse pasture, possibly bird-planted. Very shallow rooted, transplants happily even when in bloom.


On Jan 29, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very pretty little mullein that will grow all over the place if you let it. My information says that it is hardy in zones 4-9. It is definitely evergreen here in zone 5.


On Jan 22, 2003, Baa wrote:

A biennial plant from Central and Southern Europe.

Has broadly lance shaped or oblong, deep green, wrinkled, toothed leaves borne in a rosette. Bears tall, slender spikes of yellow flowers with reddish-purple, hairy filaments all through summer, followed by reddish, round pods that are full of little seeds.

Flowers mainly June - September

Loves a well drained soil in sun and a slightly sheltered aspect due to their height. They even manage to reseed on our clay soil and survive the Southern English wet winters.

Very easy to please, long flowering and with seed pods that also add colour to the border.