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Common Name: White Mullein
Verbascum lychnitis is a Biennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Europe, including Britain, from Belgium south and east to Spain, Greece, Siberia and Caucasus.
Waste places and calcareous banks on dry soils[
|Pollinators||Flies, Lepidoptera, Self
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, preferring a sunny position[
]. Dislikes shade and wet soils[
]. Thrives on chalk[
]. Prefers a light soil[
Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[
Flower heads are used as a mouse and rat repellent in fruit stores etc[
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[