Monday, October 04, 2010

Caribbean Crush Ornamental Mullein


Ornamental Mullein
Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush'
(ver-BASK-um)

This is strange perennial and I use the term perennial loosely since my Verbascum never seem to come up the following year. The color of these flowers is kind of brown except when the buds at the end of the stalk bloom and then they are a little yellow. I do like the hairy bits inside the flower but that really entails a very close look at the flower.

Most Verbascums get quite tall and at four feet this cultivar is no exception. The spikes come out of a nice rosette of silvery, soft leaves. It likes well drained soil and full sun. The drainage is key in having a successful run at this plant.

2 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

A very unusual flower with a fascinating dusky tone! Wonderful photo!

jayayceeblog said...

I love the shadow play across the petals. Beautiful blooms!