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Common Name: Moth Mullein
Verbascum blattaria is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to N. Africa, west and central Asia.
Waste places in damp ground. Rather rare and not persisting, it is possibly an introduced species[
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, and prefers a sunny position[
]. Dislikes shade[
Plants are hardy to about -20°c[
Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[
The plant repels insects, it is used indoors to repel moths and cockroaches[
Seed - sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[