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Verbascum blattaria

Verbascum blattaria

moth mullein
Flowers start out as pinkish purses

Common name moth mullein
Family scrophulariaceae
Life cycle biennial
Flowers blue-centered white
Size 3-4'
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature, with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

A slighter-growing mullein than most others in our garden - for us, the rosettes have stayed small, and the flowerstalks rise straight and slender.

Verbascum blattaria
As they open up, the flowers take on a moth-like appearance
moth mullein
Finally, when fully open, a typical mullein flower

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade. Baggy 70F with light (no germination. a cold stage didn't help)
  2. Same seed as above. Sown to surface of pot, 70F (lots of seedlings, 9d)

Not sure why seed didn't germinate in '03.

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