Greater Mullein Seeds - Verbascum Thapsus - Medicinal & Pollinator Attractor
Mullein, aka Verbascum Thapsus, is a hardy biennial down to zone 3. It thrives in many different environments, even in very poor soils, but it prefers to have good sunshine, and a decent amount of moisture in the soil. The flowers and leaves from this plant are used to make a very useful medicinal tea that is good for expelling phlegm, treating bronchitis, inflammation, ear infections, and more. The flowers are the most potent part of the plant, but the leaves have a high medicinal content too. The flowers are often used to make a very effective cough syrup. This is a very useful plant to have in any medicinal garden. Also, the blooms are a great source of pollen and nectar, so they attract bees and other pollinators alike. Planting Mullein anywhere near the garden will therefore increase pollination of crops and other plants in the area.
All seeds are organic and open pollinated.
Mullein seeds may be started in pots in the spring, or directly sown into the ground. If sown indoors, it sometimes helps to cold stratify them in the refrigerator for a couple weeks before planting, but this isn't always necessary. Sow seeds in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds on the surface, or 1/8 inch below the soil surface, or on the surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. Once germinated, and the first true leaf has formed, it's time to pot up to a larger container that contains a good quality potting soil. Transplant to their final location when the nighttime temperatures are consistently 8°C or higher. The plants don’t require very much attention once established other than yearly mulching, a bi-weekly watering, and a clipping back to the ground in the winter. Mullein is resistant to deer, pests, drought, and flood; It’s a very robust plant.