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PlantFiles: Moth Mullein
Verbascum blattaria 'Pink'

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


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

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ariodlove On Jul 17, 2004, ariodlove from Louisville, KY wrote:

Moth Mullien grows wild on our farm. It will grow in gravel and clay soils. Part to full sun. The blooms are white with a pink center.

Neutral Baa On Jan 22, 2003, Baa wrote:

A pink flowered form of Verbascum blattaria.

Has pale pink, pink or slightly pinky-buff coloured flowers with typical reddish - purple, hairy filaments.

Loves a well drained soil, in sun and slightly sheltered aspect due to their height.

May not come true from seed.


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

Oakland, California
Indianapolis, Indiana
Louisville, Kentucky
Elba, New York
Columbia, South Carolina
Burlington, Wisconsin

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