Cretan Mullein

Verbascum creticum

The seed of this perennial mullein was given to us by renowned Sonoma County gardener David Cavagnaro, back in the late 80s. We fell in love with the plant immediately because of its multiple 5′ spires of large lemon yellow flowers with purple markings that release a subtly sweet lemon scent in the evenings, quite unique for any mullein! Not only is it stunningly ornamental, but it is drought tolerant, attracts many beneficial insects, and is deer resistant. One of the favorite members of the OAEC Mother Garden plant community!

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Fast growing perennial or biennial to an upright 3' to 5’ tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Well-draining soil

Origin: Crete

Additional Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Cretan Mullein