Common Mullein Seeds

Mullein is mostly grown by herbalists and wildflower enthusiasts.

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$2.50

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Mullein is mostly grown by herbalists and wildflower enthusiasts, because it’s not the most beautiful plant for the landscape. It’s a wildflower in Britain and Ireland, and the plants tolerate poor soil and heat. Mullein’s leaves and flowers are used medicinally as a tea or tincture as an expectorant. American Goldfinches, Indigo Buntings, and a few other birds eat mullein seeds. Hummingbirds sometimes use the soft leaves to line their nests. During the first year, mullein will form a rosette of large, velvety leaves up to 12” long. In the second year, a velvety flower spike will emerge, producing small yellow flowers.

Legend holds that the plant could ward off evil spirits. In fact, ancient history cites mullein as the plant that Ulysses carried to protect himself against the evil Circe.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Verbascum thapsus
Life Cycle Biennial
Min. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/16 in.
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Plant Spacing 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 4a: to -25F, USDA Zone 4b: to -20F, USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Bright Yellow
Bloom Time Late Spring/Early Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Spring, Mid-Summer
Foliage Grown for Foliage, Silver/Gray, Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
Other Details Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping, Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline), 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 100