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Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 1999

Good Qualities

Good colors (5); Easy to grow (2); Not many; Healthy plants; Would make nice looking bunches if there was any production; Good germination. Nice plants. Bloom stems were pretty; Colorful, size, germination; Excitement form those seeing it in the garden, always good to have spike flowers for bouquets.


Too short for a spike flower (4); Not enough flower open on spike at same time (3); Flowers wilted or shattered too easily (2); I had a hard time trying to decide when to cut. Did not hold up well in a vase; None so far; Minimum bloom on first year plants would make it difficult to grow this one as an annual. Maybe next spring it will be a heavy producing biennial? Not a great stem/flower shape for mixed bouquets; A little late to bloom, may be to heat; Not like wild verbascum up here; Plants seem to be melting in heat. Seed set on spike; Poor vase life.


Similar to ‘Southern Charm’ (2); I was not impressed with this one; I expect very beautiful flowers from it in the spring of 2000. However, have had marginal success postharvest with the Verbascum. Need work on how to condition to get good vase life; Looking forward to next year, if they survive winter; Like a lot; Even though we have not had measurable rain for months some of these are still alive. Tough; Hoping flowers will be taller next year; Not much this year. Will probably improve next season.

Trial Data

Verbascum phoeniceum
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹
Average 3.1 15.3 3.0 2.3 3.9

¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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