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Verbascum x phoenicuem - 'Shirley Johns' (Purple Mullien)

Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Dark pink Flowers (Summer late), Silver Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Half hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Verbascum x phoenicuem - Cultivation Notes

The Mullien chalk grows best on chalk- but it will tolerate most fertile well drained soils - preferring a sheltered position in full sun. Stake taller flower spikes. Leave spikes over winter if sheltered, as they look good, and will self seed

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Verbascum x phoenicuem:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Verbascum x phoenicuem:

  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage
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Common Missspellings: Verbascam, Verbaskum, Vabascum, Vibascum