Mullein, Greek (Verbascum olympicum) seeds, organic

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Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 8

(Greek Mullein)  Biennial to 6 feet, native to Greece.  The plant has 2 growth phases, making a large rosette of pointed leaves in the first year, rising to an impressive flowering candelabrum in the spring to summer of the second year.  Traditional usage (TWM): ear oil, lymphatic stimulant.  This is the most productive and best respected species to grow for flower production, and is an unparalleled nectar producer for honeybees and native pollinators. Plant prefers disturbed soil, will grow in clay, gravel or loam, likes full sun and requires only moderate water. The seeds are light-dependent germinators.  Sow in spring by sprinkling on soil surface and tamp securely, then keep warm, evenly moist and in the light until germination, which is rapid.  Thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.

Packet contains 100 seeds
1 g contains ~8,800 seeds
5 g contains ~44,000 seeds
10 g contains ~88,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Bonnie

    Will this cross-pollinate with my native Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)? I wouldn’t want them to hybridize as our local mullein is so well-adapted here in the humid Mid-Atlantic.

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi Bonnie,
      Yes, Mullein hybridizes readily, do not plant Greek if you are attached to common. They both do the same thing.
      Richo

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    • Kirsten Evans

      Is there a significant difference between common and Greek mullein? What would cause me to choose one over the other?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Kirsten, Thanks for contacting. Greek mullein is preferred for flower production and common mullein is preferred for leaf production.
      Richo

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    • Kirsten Evans

      Richo, thank you. If I wanted to grow for both benefits, how far apart should they be planted to prevent hybridizing? Or should I only select one?

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      Richo Cech

      If you’re just using it for the herb or the flowers, you can grow both, hybridizing won’t affect anything until the second generation. if you’re planning on saving seeds, just grow one, they hybridize like wildfire. r

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    • Kirsten

      Ok, yes. I knew that! Silly question, thank you for your grace and patience. 🌱

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