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Where to plant in my garden?


Very attractive in a cottage style garden or wildlife border.

Thrives in dry, stony or gravelly soil and a sunny position.


Flowers: June-Aug

Habitat: Grassland, wasteland, verges

Height: Up to 2m

Growth Type: Biennial

Position: Full sun

Soil Preference: Neutral to alkaline


RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Great Mullein

  • Verbascum thapsus


    Jumbo plug plant


    A tall impressive biennial plant, spending its first year as a rosette of furry leaves and its second year growing tall flower spikes like giant candles covered in yellow flowers.


    Mullein attracts bees, butterflies and hoverflies and is a favourite food of the mullein moth larva.Favourite food of the mullein moth larva.


    Carder bees use the 'fur' on the leaves to build their nests and the flowers attract bees and hoverflies.


    Mullein tea is rich in soothing mucilage and drank for irritants of the throat and chest.

    Use a coffee filter to remove the irritating hairs that come from the leaves.

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