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Verbascum undulatum - Wavy-leafed Mullein

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figworts)
Origin: Balkan Penninsula (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-3 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Verbascum undulatum (Wavy-leafed Mullein) - Branching short lived perennial with interesting pinnately lobed leaves that are densely covered with golden yellow hairs. Branching from a basal rosette, 6 to 8 inch long leaves emerge. The flower stems rise unbranched carrying the 1 inch wide yellow flowers. This plant is all about foliage and flowering should not be encouraged - cut off to maintain plant in vegetative state. Plant in full sun and water only occuasionally to infrequently. It is cold hardy to at least 20 degrees F. This plant originated from the Balkan Peninsula and Greece. The name for the genus comes from the original Latin name for the plant which likely comes from the combination of the stem word 'ver' meaning "spring" combined with 'barbascum' meaning "bearded" in reference to the often hairy leaves of the genus. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'unda' meaning a "wave" or "surge" in reference to the characteristic wavy (undulating) margins of the leaves. We began growing this unusual and attractive plant in 2003 but propagated it from cuttings which was a difficult process as we had to maintain a large number of plants to cut from. We reluctantly decided to stop growing this plant in 2008.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Verbascum undulatum.