Purple Mullein
Verbascum phoeniceum

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Verbascum (ver-BASK-um) (Info)
Species: phoeniceum (feen-ih-KEE-um) (Info)

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Kiowa, Colorado

Loveland, Colorado

Parker, Colorado

Augusta, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ft Mitchell, Kentucky

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Grove City, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Salt Lake City, Utah

Santaquin, Utah

Underhill, Vermont

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love the blooms, but the foliage gets really hammered when it gets hot and dry. I try to keep them well-watered; they look dry and miserable anyway.

Positive

On Jan 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love these little verbascums. They put out some nice colors and combine well anywhere in the garden. Plants are generally biennial but I've had some live 2 years or more. It's a small plant and the foliage is a basal rosette at ground level. It's easy to sneak a few in anywhere there's an empty spot between plants.

Positive

On Jan 16, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This short-lived perennial is easily grown from seed; will bloom the first year if started early enough. I've planted these two years in a row, with very high germination rates (a six-cell pack became a full flat, with a lot of tossed seedlings to spare!)