The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Common Name: Hoary Mullein
Verbascum pulverulentum is a Biennial up to 1.80 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
The leaves contain rotenone and coumarin, though the quantities are not given[
]. Rotenone is used as an insecticide and coumarin can prevent the blood from clotting[
Hairs on the leaves can act as an irritant[
Europe, including Britain, from the Netherlands south and east to Spain, Switzerland, Greece.
A rare native along roadsides in Norfolk and Suffolk, a rare casual elsewhere[
|Pollinators||Flies, Lepidoptera, Self
Succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, and prefers 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[
The plant (seeds?) are used to rid the body of tapeworms[
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[