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Verbascum phoeniceum Violetta

Once known before the introduction of cotton, as ‘the Candlewick plant’ as down from the grey green foliage was used for wicks in lamps. Stately spires emerge with many outward facing buds which slowly unfurl to reveal their full beauty over many months in the summer. Rosettes of foliage give such good anchorage they resist all but the strongest winds. Deer, slug and rabbit resistant. Easy to grow, preferring poor, dry soil in sun or part shade. Height 90 cm (36"). Spread 30 cm (12”). 
Fully hardy perennials. Supplied as bare root plants from March onwards.
Flower Colour

Bees and Butterflies, Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Ideal for Beginners, Pest Resistant

Fully hardy perennial


April onwards

Flowering Time

Sun or Partial Shade

30cm (12")

90cm (36")



Poor, dry, well drained, but prefer alkaline.


Part shade




July to August

Additional Information

In fertile soil they may grow large and need staking. Deer, slug and rabbit resistant. Once fully mature, you may water Verbascum sparingly as these plants are relatively drought tolerant and will thrive in dry soil. Cut back taller stems in the autumn if you do not wish for your plants to self-propagate. Propagate by division in the spring or take root cuttings in winter. Fully hardy perennial.

Delivery Date: 24 Jul 2017 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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