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.
Grounded by gray-green rosettes, these upstanding spires of copious violet-eyed sunshine-hued blooms stage a truly incandescent spectacle. Irregular scallops, net-veining and long petioles define its dynamic large basal leaves. Preferring a somewhat dry, well-drained site, ‘Sixteen Candles’s proud yellow floral towers command attention alongside Nepeta reichenbachiana.
Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- 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 ‘Rosetta’
- Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’
- Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’
- Verbascum ‘White Domino’