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.
Verbascum ‘Cotswold Queen’ (P-2202)
Hoisted by an attractive textural rosette of deeply-veined gray-green leaves, the tall hefty spires are chock-a-block with saucer-shaped purple-centered bright yellow blossoms. Often short-lived, but freely reseeding, this easy-care Cotswold Series member was selected in the 1930s for her robust stature and long-blooming bold flowers which unfurl from the bottom upwards. ‘Cotswold Queen’ promises to reign supreme in borders, cottage gardens and gravel plantings, especially when ensconced near blue-flowering Eryngiums.
Size: 4' 0" 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 ‘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’