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Verbascum 'Sugar Plum'

Sugar Plum Mullein

Mullein

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A compact variety with short, well branched spikes of violet-purple blooms with dark purple anthers, rising from a tight rosette of green leaves; the smaller size makes it perfect for containers; deadheading encourages new blooms

Description

A compact variety with short, well branched spikes of violet-purple blooms with dark purple anthers, rising from a tight rosette of green leaves; the smaller size makes it perfect for containers; deadheading encourages new blooms

Landscape Attributes

Sugar Plum Mullein is an herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

Sugar Plum Mullein is recommended for the following landscape applications;

Mass Planting;Border Edging;General Garden Use;Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Sugar Plum Mullein will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 15 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this variety tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed, although because it is a hybrid, the seedlings may not come true to type. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

Light Requirement:

full sun

full sun

Moisture:

dry to average

Cold Hardy to Zone:

5a

Height(inches):

Spread:

Soil pH:

Soil Type:

10 inches (15 inches with the flowers)

12 inches

poor

Deer Resistant:

true

Fall Color

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