Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Antique Rose’
ANTIQUE ROSE MULLEIN
Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Antique Rose’ is a beauty.
Unique colour of old tapestry, dusky-rose
With spires of densely packed, deep dusky rose flowers of a unique, old tapestry colour.
Constant procession of flowers
‘Antique Rose’ gives a constant procession of flower spires, adorning the garden from mid-spring onwards right through summer.
They also make lovely cut flowers for vases. Where they last well.
Hardy & easy to grow
Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Antique Rose’ is so very hardy and easy to grow in the garden. As well as quick and easy to raise from seed.
Water-wise & drought resistant
Plant ‘Antique Rose’ in Full Sun.
Where it is an obligingly drought resistant and water-wise plant that can cope with periods of heat and dry over summer.
It also tolerates wide range of soils including sandy soils and those containing lime.
And is soundly frost resistant down to at least -15C, or more depending on conditions.
Evergreen & long blooming
Lovely ‘Antique Rose’ is an evergreen perennial clump which is dry, heat & frost hardy.
And very low maintenance, with an annual chop to remove the finished flower stems being the only work possible.
It is not a hungry plant, so flowers best if grown a little on the lean side.
Loved by bees but not by rabbits & deer
‘Antique Rose’ is rarely if ever bothered by insect pests or diseases.
Likewise, rabbits and deer find the taste unattractive.
However our beloved bees and butterflies just adore the nectar rich flowers, and especially value them because they are so long blooming through the warm months.
75cm High in a procession of flower spires x 45cm Wide evergreen rosette of foliage which sits flat to the ground.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Sow all year in punnets indoors / scatter in the garden in spring or autumn.
INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then pat gently to the surface to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover the seed with sieved mix / vermiculite / or fine sandy grit.
Because these seeds need light to germinate, so do not bury them.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing in a shallow water bath.
And allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface from below.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
You can use a heat mat if you have one, or a warm window sill (out of the sun).
Temperatures of 15-20C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Continue to keep moist by misting from a spray water bottle as required.
Covering the punnet with a clear plastic lid helps top conserve moisture.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 7-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 500 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count and give a generous serve).
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