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Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta' (Purple Mullein)

'Violetta' Mullein, Verbascum 'Violetta', Purple Mullein 'Violetta'


A very pretty Mullein, Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta' (Purple Mullein) is an evergreen perennial with graceful, airy spikes of rich, dark, violet-purple flowers. Flat-faced, each flower sports a darker center with golden stamens. Blooming over a long flowering period extending from late spring to late summer, the flowers are borne on thin stems and rise above a flat rosette of deep green, purple-flushed and conspicuously veined leaves. Shorter than most Verbascums, ‘Violetta’ is perfect for the smaller garden.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 36 in. wide (90 cm). Self-seeds easily
  • Enjoys full sun in poor, dry to medium, alkaline, well-drained soils.
  • Drought tolerant and deer resistant, it is fairly pest and disease free. Watch, however, for caterpillars, figwort weevil and powdery mildew.
  • Provides a lovely vertical accent in the garden. Very useful and adaptable, it is well suited for borders and beds, gravel gardens, cottage gardens.
  • Remove spent flower spikes. Propagate by division in spring or take root cuttings in winter.

Verbascum is a genus of mainly summer-flowering annuals, biennials, perennials or sub-shrubs. Spectacular, Verbascums are interesting border plants with their graceful spikes of long-lasting blossoms in shades of white, pink, deep rose, violet and purple. Easy to grow, drought tolerant and deer resistant, their stately appearance and handsome vertical lines make them natural candidates for mixed borders where they will attract hummingbirds and draw the attention of onlookers. Wonderful as cut flowers, Verbascums are also great for bouquets!

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbascum - Mulleins
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Verbascum - Mulleins
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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