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Herbaceous Perennial

Verbascum (Cotswold Group) 'Cotswold Beauty'
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mullein 'Cotswold Beauty'

'Cotswold Beauty' is a short-lived semi-evergreen perennial to 1.2m tall, with a basal rosette of broadly ovate, dark green leaves and erect spikes of light buff flowers 3-4cm across, with purple stamens

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Brown Purple Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Scrophulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Verbascum can be annuals, biennials, perennials or subshrubs mostly with hairy leaves and 5-petalled, saucer-shaped flowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers a poor, well-drained alkaline soil in full sun. If grown in a more fertile soil the plants become larger and will need support

Propagation

Divide mature plants in the spring or take root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back old stems to the base after flowering

Pests

figwort weevil and some moth caterpillars can be a problem

Diseases

Can be susceptible to powdery mildews

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