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Zone:  3-7 BIENNIAL 

Height:  2+ m. (7+ ft)

Spread:  75 cm (2.5 ft)

Flower:  Tall spike grows quickly in second year to bloom yellow (rarely white) mid summer into fall

Foliage:  Fuzzy light green basal leaves

Light:  Full sun

Water:  Little to none

Soil:  Average to sandy, well-drained

Garden site:  Dramatic accent plant

Verbascum thapsus (Great mullein)

  • Pollinated by insects.  Many traditional medicinal uses.  Presence of rotenone (pesticide) in leaves mandates use with caution.  Produces a yellow dye.  Leaves used for insullation.