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.
Luminous tapers unfurl droves of tightly set pure white flowers centered by fleecy purple filaments and bright orange anthers. The flat-faced blooms shine above wrinkled grayish green leaves. Conveying a bright floral lift all summer long, this undemanding perennial can be sited in drier garden areas with Achillea x schwellenberg and Eryngium "Blue Glitter".
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’