Verbascum questions

savona(z2bBCCanada)November 14, 2007

I have a hankering to add verbascum to my garden next year. I remember picture(s) posted by others on this forum of their verbascums and wanted to know if they were an annual or a perennial in their gardens? T+M have one that will bloom the same year so I thought that would be a good option for me. Has anyone started them from seed and what luck did you have?..savona

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Hi Savona - I have started Verbascum chaixii "alba", V. phoeniceum, and V. nigrum with good success and they have all turned out to be excellent garden plants. Of course, good old V. thapsus would probably also be easy to start...

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 12:33AM
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Crazy_Gardener(Z2b AB Canada)

I have these in my zone 2 garden, all perennials, all wintersowed.
Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
Verbascum chaixii
Verbascum nigrum
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Mixed'
Verbascum thapsus Great Mullein - biennial


    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 12:38AM
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luv2gro(z3a AB)

I've got
Verbascum phoeniceum 'Mixed'
Verbascum hybridum 'Banana Custard' (T&M seed)

Both were wintersowed and both have self seeded. My preference is the 'Banana Custard' for richness in colour.


    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 10:36AM
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Thank you for the replies everyone.Now I feel confident to add more to my shopping cart. It was the Banana Custard that really made me want want want :-)..savona

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 6:16PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Verbascum nigrum is totally bulletproof and actually pretty rampant (perennial and seedy) for me. I planted it in hot, unwatered builder's fill (cruddy soil) beside my work and it does great. Customers ask about it all the time. I get some complaints about the bees though.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 8:22PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

When i've sent verbascum seeds to people, i give them a warning: Deadhead!!!! Otherwise you'll be absolutely inundated with verbascums. They're a mixed blessing, imo. This summer i saved a few seed heads and have shaken the seeds out along our road. If they grow (they probably won't because i want them to! LOL), it will be gorgeous!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 11:13PM
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