Dark Mullein | Verbascum nigrum

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

Discover the allure of Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum) – a biennial beauty gracing gardens with tall spires of deep purple-black flowers. Adaptable to various habitats, this hardy wildflower thrives in sunny spaces. With its low-maintenance nature, it’s perfect for both novice and experienced gardeners, promising striking visual impact.


Botanical Information: Dark Mullein

Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum) is a striking biennial or short-lived perennial plant belonging to the Scrophulariaceae family. Standing tall with its erect stem, Dark Mullein boasts velvety, lance-shaped leaves and spikes of yellow flowers, creating a visual spectacle in the summer months. This botanical gem reaches heights of 30 to 150cm, adding vertical interest to various landscapes.


Thriving in well-drained, disturbed soils, Dark Mullein is often found in meadows, woodland clearings, and along roadsides. This adaptable plant is particularly drawn to areas with ample sunlight. Its ability to colonize disturbed sites contributes to its widespread presence, showcasing its resilience in both natural and human-altered landscapes.

Benefits to Wildlife

Dark Mullein plays a vital role in supporting wildlife, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies with its abundant nectar-rich flowers. The plant’s tall spikes provide perching spots for birds, making it a multifaceted contributor to local ecosystems. Its adaptability and attractiveness to pollinators enhance biodiversity, creating a dynamic and thriving environment.

Conservation Status in the UK

With a status of “Least Concern,” this species enjoys a stable presence in the UK. Its resilience and ability to thrive in various habitats contribute to its conservation status. Conservation efforts focus on maintaining open landscapes and preventing excessive disturbance to ensure the continued success of this versatile wildflower.

Ease of Growing

Dark Mullein is relatively easy to grow, making it a favourite for wildflower enthusiasts. Its adaptability to different soil types and light conditions simplifies cultivation. The plant readily self-seeds, contributing to its naturalization in gardens and meadows. With minimal maintenance requirements, Dark Mullein is a resilient and rewarding addition to both naturalistic and cultivated landscapes.

In conclusion, Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum) stands as a botanical spectacle, celebrated for its striking appearance and ecological contributions. From its velvety leaves to its role as a pollinator magnet, this wildflower enriches various landscapes, providing both visual and ecological value. With its adaptability and ease of cultivation, this mullein remains a cherished choice for those seeking a dynamic and versatile addition to their outdoor spaces.

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