Verbascum thapsus

Latin Name: Verbascum thapsus
Common Name: Mullein
Mature Height (ft): 4-8'
Mature Width: 24"

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Upright and stately.
Mulch: Organic or inorganic.

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Verbascums make a presence in the wildflower or cottage garden and mixed border, whether it be this common mullein, or another species with showier flowers. Verbascums can be either biennial or perennial, but will make enough seeds you’ll never be without. Some are drought tolerant and thrive in poor, but well drained soil, others may need medium water use and a richer soil.

Try one of the hybrid cultivars, usually available by catalog or Internet. For unusual wavy, sulphur-yellow foliage, try V. undulatum, available from

Use in Garden

Sunny xeriscape garden. Western cottage garden.


Requires medium water before flowering, low water use after flowering for best results.