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Verbascum 'Letitia' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

mullein 'Letitia'

Family

Scrophulariaceae


Verbascum can be annuals, biennials, perennials or subshrubs mostly with hairy leaves and 5-petalled, saucer-shaped flowers

'Letitia' is a bushy, evergreen sub-shrub to 30cm in height, with hairy grey, oblong leaves and abundant purple-centred, bright yellow flowers 1.8cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in alkaline, poor, well-drained soil in full sun; drought-tolerant plant ideal for rock garden or container in an alpine house. To grow in an alpine house, use equal mix of loam-based compost and grit

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline
  • Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes

Pests

May be attacked by caterpillars and figwort weevil

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews