Mullein (verbascum thapsus) is an upright biannual herb growing a rosette in its first year and a flower spike up to 2 metres tall in the second year of its lifecycle.
In our moderate New Zealand climate they often grow a rosette in spring followed by the flower spike in late summer or even autumn. Seeds germinating in autumn may grow the flower spike in early summer after the winter period.
200 seeds per pack.
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Mullein has a deep tap root and doesn't like disturbance, so they are best sown directly. We recommend sprinkling the seeds on a well prepared garden bed. Sprinkle them generously to get a good strike rate. Do this at the end of winter. Cover seeds with some soil and protect with some bird netting.
Then let them grow and set seeds so you have a continuous supply of fresh seedlings coming up. They are not invasive and can easily be taken out in an area where they are not wanted.
Image above: Mullein rosette in its first year
Image below: Flowering mullein ready for harvesting the open flowers
Dried flower stalks dipped in wax make amazing torches for mid-winter walks.
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