Verbascum phlomoides | Woolly Mullein ‘Snow Maiden’
Verbascum ‘Snow Maiden’, which is also known as ‘Spica’ or White Mullein, is a tough, hardy, drought-tolerant, biennial or short-lived perennial that flowers during the second year, and sometimes thereafter. ‘Snow Maiden’ is an incredibly beautiful mullein that blooms with masses of graceful soft-white flowers with pale-yellow centers. Flowering in June, the blooms continue to appear over summer. Plants put on a nice show for the middle to back of a border or white-themed beds. Easy to grow from seed, and reseeds freely too.
Grows to 3 to 4ft in height with a spread of about 2 ft on larger plants. Grows strong stems and are equipped with a deep tap root, so can thrive in many habitats, including rocky soils, roadsides, river banks, meadows, and forest margins. Plant in groups for most profound effects.
The tiny seeds are abundant and can remain viable in the soil for decades. Mulleins can be easily managed by manually removing the plants before seed-set, not disturbing the soil, or by establishing dense vegetative cover that will prevent seed germination. Sow seed indoors, or late spring to summer to early fall outdoors.
Prefers full sun in well drained soils. Low maintenance, deer resistant, and attracts a wide variety of insects.
Type: Biennial or short-lived perennial
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 3-4 ft
Mature width: 2 ft
Mature zones: 5-9