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Verbascum, Southern Charm Hybrid

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This elegant cottage garden favorite is perfect for perennial borders and cutting.

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This Burpee introduction has become one of the most popular perennials in recent years. Full, well branched plants grow 2 1/2-3' tall when situated in full sun. Flower spikes are covered with beautiful florets in shades of buff, lavender and soft rose. Primary bloom begins in June and is followed by a lighter bloom period that continues into September. Wonderful in fresh arrangements. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage more bloom.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-8

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

30-36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-30 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought

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Sep 26, 2016

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Item 104694 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Introduction to Perennials
Perennials return year after year blooming on their own. Watch this introduction and discover how easy and rewarding growing perennials can be.
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Verbascum: Indoor Sow or Potted Plant Perennial

How to Sow and Plant

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 8-12 weeks before last spring frost
  • Sow seeds thinly and evenly and just cover lightly with seed starting formula as seeds need light to germinate
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-25 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun in poor to average well-drained soil. Verbascum prefers a slightly alkaline soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of some organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods. Otherwise verbascum can tolerate poor soils if well-drained.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.  Verbascum has a tap root so handle carefully.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time.  Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Plants may need staking.
  • Remove spent flower stalks to the basal growth to encourage fresh basal growth.
  • Remove and discard foliage after a hard frost in fall.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.

Growing Tips

  • May be grown as an annual or biennial. If it is allowed to go to seed it may self sow.
  • Wonderful cottage garden perennial, is also great for cutting.
  • Attract hummingbirds and beneficial insects.
Zone
5-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
30-36 inches
Spread
24-30 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
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Verbascum, Southern Charm Hybrid is rated 4.166666666666667 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seeds If I could make the seeds grow better, but they didn't. I think I should buy plants.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in zone 3 I have grown verbascum in zone 3 for at least 10 yrs, even on the outside of a raised bed. Don't be afraid to try it.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Charming The first year they were not much to look at, although the potential was apparent. This, their second year, they have lived up to all that I had hoped. Full of soft warm spires of color well before my summer perennials will put on their own show, they are the perfect addition for continual interested in the mixed bed or border. I have them at the back of a terraced border that receives sun all afternoon and evening, and is lightly amended clay. Early in the season, I'm just happy to see green foliage, and by the time the rather untidy weedy appearance of the leaves start to bother me the foliage of the Echinacea is blocking enough from view that it never really becomes a problem. People have actually been slowing down on this rural road to gaze at my gardens, with only cat mint, salvia, and a few spring bulbs as concurrently blooming companions. I can only surmise that others are as charmed by this plant as I am. I must say I did manage to kill a few. Well drained soil and enough sunlight appear to be the biggest demands of these low maintenance plants.
Date published: 2015-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doing nicely I planted several of these last Fall in, frankly, not a terribly good location. I have been surprised this Spring to see how quickly they've grown, how large they have become,and how early they bloomed. They may not be well suited to the sort of heat that is coming, but for now they are a welcome spot of color.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely verbascum I planted these from seed indoors and moved them into the garden. They bloomed beautifully the first year and look lovely in a cottage garden. They are still blooming in August (make sure you deadhead them).
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classy and unusual Ths plant reminds me of a cross between foxglove (foliage) and delphinium (bloom stalks) but with warm buttery pinks and faintest orange blooms. They were generous with flowers last year, even though I had started them from seed that February. Already awake and BIG with foliage this year- excited to see what they'll do now that they're a year old!
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Verbascum I am soooo excited! I started these by seed in side this year. I planted them all around my garden fountain and they just started to bloom!!! What a beautiful site! So many complimants, I love my flower gardens this year thanks to Burpee!
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty I ordered this plant several years ago. It has been spindly and short lived in the clay soil, though I have improved the soil repeatedly. However, I have gotten many compliments from people walking through the neighborhood. I have moved to a different area, still in northern Il, but this used to be farmland and has beautiful black soil. I am reordering this plant and hoping for better results in improved soil. It is a very pretty plant, with a nice, old fashioned look.
Date published: 2007-04-16
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