Verbascum chaixii Sixteen Candles


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Tall spikes of gold flowers with violet stamens over basal grey green felty leaves. Verbascum is a long-lived perennial. Unique looking, sure to turn heads. Once known as the Candlewick plant when stems were dipped in oil and used as a torch; however, we suggest just enjoying its dynamic display. Easy to grow. Spring Shipping Only.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 3'
Spacing: Plant 20 apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun
Zones: 5-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy
Flower: Yellow
Accent: Yellow
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Deer Resistant
  • Long-Blooming

Verbascum General Information

Verbascum are bold plants with large velvety foliage. Flowers are atop towering spikes held well above the foliage.

Verbascum Plant Care

Prefers a lean, alkaline well-draining soil. Avoid highly fertile and wet soils. Mature clumps do not respond well to division. Instead, pluck out a few seedlings in spring and transplant. Allow some seeds to fall if volunteers are desired. Removing flower stalks after blooming can increase vigor for over-wintering. Taller forms benefit from staking.