This genus has a host of common names, including ‘Beggar’s Blanket’ and ‘Old Man’s Flannel’. In England, the very poor used to put the thick leaves into their shoes for warmth. It is also said that when fish eat the seeds, they are stupefied and can be gathered by hand.
Although most of the more than 300 species are biennials, our offerings are perennials. Though some are dwarfs and some are giants, nearly all have fuzzy stamens and prefer very well drained sandy or rocky soil. We like to use them in the rock garden as specimens or for naturalizing.
Illuminated tapers stage droves of tightly set pure white flowers centered by fuzzy purple filaments and bright orange anthers. The flat-faced blooms shine above pearly green textured leaves.
Conveying a bright floral lift all summer long, this undemanding perennial can be sited in drier garden areas with Perovskia abrotanoides or Phygelius ‘Snow Queen’.
Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Verbascum chaixii ‘Sixteen Candles’
- Verbascum ‘Clementine’
- Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’
- Verbascum hybridum ‘Wega’
- Verbascum nigrum ‘Album’
- Verbascum olympicum
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Flush of White’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Rosetta’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’
- Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’
- Verbascum ‘White Domino’