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.
With flower panicles reaching over 3 ½ ft. tall, ‘Album’ is truly dramatic. Its myriad white flowers are tinged with crimson at the base of each petal and accented by golden-orange stamens. The large basal leaves are coarse, deep green and textured. Their undulating margins, and often their stems, are tinted a dark burgundy color.
Size: 4' 0" high x 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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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 olympicum
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Flush of White’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Rosetta’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’
- Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’
- Verbascum ‘White Domino’