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Commonly known as Mullein
Statuesque wildlife plants with a long history of use as a herbal remedy.
Genus of 360 species, most of which are biennials, with a few annuals, perennials and subshrubs, some semi-evergreen or evergreen.
They are found mainly on dry, stony hillsides, wasteland and in open woodland in Europe, northern Africa and western and central Asia.
Natives are V. nigrum, dark mullein, uncommon and found on calcareous soils and V. thapsus, Aaron's rod, common on sunny banks and waste places.
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Semi-evergreen - Keeps some of its foliage all year, and will drop some leaves as well. - basal rosettes of hairy, grey-green leaves
Orange - coppery orange
Height - 1.5m (5ft)
Spread - 60cm (24in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - short-lived perennial with spikes of flowers to 50cm (20in) long of saucer-shaped flowers to 3cm (1¼in) across
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Additional Features - Good to know - - wildlife plant - insects
Pests & Diseases - moth caterpillars, figwort weevil, powdery mildew.
Place of origin - garden origin
Hardiness - Fully hardy -
Seasonal Interest - Summer -
Soil Conditions - Alkaline / Chalk loving -
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - poor soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
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