The Teddington Gardener

Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Clementine!

Verbascum Clementine

Verbascum Clementine

A cousin to the common roadside mullein, this is an unusual and showy plant for the well-drained sunny border. Green leaves are held in a low rosette, bearing tall upright spikes with delicate blooms of soft apricot orange with a magenta eye. May require staking. Remove faded blooms to encourage more buds. Needs good drainage, especially in winter.

Mulleins are not particularly long-lived perennials, but this selection has been bred to last longer than most. Developed in England by Vic Johnstone and Claire Wilson, keepers of the National Collection of Verbascums.

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