Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: poor, well-drained, alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy (but short-lived)
Bold spires of saucer-shaped, white flowers with mauve centres from May to August. One of the most reliable and long-flowering varieties of verbascum. Seeds sown in a cold frame in late spring or early summer produce rosettes of hairy, mid-green leaves and flowers the following year. Perfect for a sunny border.
- Garden care:Apply a 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch around the base of the plant in autumn to protect from winter extremes, taking care not to cover the crown. Stake in spring with bamboo canes or twiggy prunings before the flowers appear. Mullein moth caterpillars can be a problem, pick off the insects in early June as soon as they appear. Remove faded flower spikes.
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Q:Hi - I bought three lovely verbascum plants last summer. They are just re-emerging and I wonder if I am too late to move them to a new location in the garden ?Asked on 10/5/2016 by CLWORTHY from Crystal Palace
Ideally this should have been tackled while the plants were still dormant, but if the plants were only planted last year, then you may get away with moving them if you can manage to get all the roots.Answered on 12/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
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