Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Cotswold Queen'

9cm pot £7.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Cotswold Queen' mullein: Ideally suited to gravel gardens

This perennial is semi-evergreen so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: poor, well-drained, alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy (but short-lived)

    Wrinkled grey-green leaves form an attractive, semi-evergreen rosette from which the slender spires of saucer-shaped flowers emerge. Opening upwards from the base of the spire throughout summer, each yellow flower has a purple eye.

  • 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, so pick off the insects in early June as soon as they appear. Remove faded flower spikes.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are mainly biennial, so although they usually self-seed freely, the plant will only live for two years.

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Didn't grow very well, coming up very small with few flowers. Maybe it was chocked out by larger plants, so will shift position for next year. Disapointing.





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I purchased a Verbascum Cotswold Queen in Autumn last last year and mulched after I planted. It appears to have survived the Winter, but it still looks just the same as when I planted it I.e. a flat rosette of leaves. Should I be expecting to see new growth by now? If so, is there anything I can do to help it on it's way?

Keen Gardener

These are mid- to late summer flowering plants, so I would not give up on it just yet! Do make sure that it gets lots of sun though - and avoid over-feeding the plants as they prefer poorer soil.


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