Also known as Mullein the plants are 3 to 3 1/2' tall and covered with a pretty mix of white, rose, red, and violet blooms all along the stalk in the spring. The graceful flower spikes rise above the crinkly bright green rosette of leaves and when cut back the stalks will shoot up and bloom again for a second and even a third time.
Perennial, Zones 3-8
Germination: 14-30 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover the seed
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 12-18” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors after the last frost in spring or fall. Sow a few seeds every 8-12”, thin to the strongest seedling
Growth Habit: Flat rosette of foliage with tall stems
Height and Width: 36” x 12-18”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to dry, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second season, often blooms the first season when started early indoors
Uses: Cut flowers, borders, cottage gardens, groups plantings, containers and planters, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds borders, drought tolerant, deer resistant
Care: Deadhead to encourage more flower production.