Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Butterfly Garden: Verbascum Nigrum
First, thank you fellow blotanists for such a wonderful welcome!
There was one lonely, dry "stalk" by our shop door when we moved here - hugging the wall ... I let it be because I wanted to see what it was. The following spring it grew large leaves almost "foxglove-like" and then a new stalk appeared and began to form yellow buds. It turned out to be Verbascum Nigrum. AND when I started digging out this bed, there was a plant tag to prove it! This plant has really grown on me (hey, a pun) - apparently from England. It has seeded itself all over and I have successfully transplanted it although it gets pretty droopy for a week or so. How it originated here in this lot of a few Hostas and a Barberry shrub I will never know. I have never seen it in a nursery. I do know that the bees LOVE the flowers. It literally "buzzes" with blooms. It is now a major attraction in my Butterfly Garden. I would recommend this plant to any gardener with a natural style.