Verbascum phoeniceum, V. x hybrida
Verbascums are dramatic vertical accent plants. Flowers attract butterflies, and are excellent for cutting. Plants resist drought, rabbits, and deer.
BANANA CUSTARD Verbascum Verbascum x hybrida
Showy 5-6′ plants with gray felt-like leaves freely produce strong spikes of large, 2″ bright yellow blooms in late spring and summer. Will repeat bloom in fall if old flowers removed. A striking accent for the back of the border. Biennial. Winter hardy to zone 5. Combines beautifully with Milkmaid butterfly weed.
KATIE'S CANDLES MIX Verbascum Verbascum phoeniceum
Free flowering mix of violet, red, pink and white flowers on easy to grow 3′ tall plants. They look terrific in mixed borders, bloom from late spring until frost. Often self-sows where happy. Tolerates more shade than most other Verbascum. A true perennial. Winter hardy to zone 5.
How to Plant Verbascum Seeds
Sow in cell packs or flats, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65-70° F., germination is in 14-30 days. Transplant 1.5′ apart.
Growing verbascum: Full sun, Katie's Candles Mix prefers afternoon shade in warm climates. Any soil with excellent drainage. Tolerates drought, better bloom with moderate to average water. Flowers are excellent for cutting, attract bees and butterflies. Remove old flowers for bloom over remarkably long season. Rabbit and deer resistant.