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. Although most of the more than 300 species are biennials, our offerings are predominately 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 border or rock garden as specimens or en masse for a meadow-style planting.
Bejeweled in pretty carmine-pink hues, ‘Rosetta’s prismatic floral fete unfurls all summer long above an undemanding comely basal clump of crimpled dark green leaves. The tall flowering spires are adorned with sumptuous, gold-centered, saucer-shaped blossoms that create a head-turning color echo amid the vivacious hues of Phygelius ‘New Sensation’ and Liatris ‘Floristan Violett’.
Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 6.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Verbascum chaixii ‘Sixteen Candles’
- Verbascum chaixii ‘Wedding Candles’
- Verbascum ‘Clementine’
- Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’
- Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’
- Verbascum hybridum ‘Wega’
- Verbascum nigrum ‘Album’
- Verbascum olympicum
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Flush of White’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’
- Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’
- Verbascum ‘White Domino’