Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough'

9cm pot £7.99
available to order from late summer
3 × 9cm pots £23.97 £21.00
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Buy Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Gainsborough' mullein: Long-flowering and statuesque

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: May to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy (but short-lived)

    Elegant panicles bearing sulphur-yellow, saucer-shaped flowers, rise above the rosette of puckered, grey-green leaves in summer. A reliable perennial, which may produce a second flush of flowers if deadheaded promptly.

  • 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 if you do not want them to self-seed.

    It is worth keeping in mind that these plants are mainly biennial, so although they usually self-seed freely, the plant will usually die off after flowering.

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Will see this year


This one didn't flower the year I bought it and didn't seem happy where I planted it. Dappled shade. Moved it in October and seemed to wilt a bit but has bounced back. Will see if it flowers this year.


Totes Devon

Attractive but short lived.


Beautiful colour, which looks brilliant in late spring against Patty's Plum Poppy, Salvia Amistad & Geranium Orion. Good for bees too, but very short lived & though the flowers were lovely, it didn't produce many. Was its first year though, so hopefully it will do better next year.





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