The Ultimate Guide to Growing and Caring for Mullin Plant
Gardening enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new and unique plants to add to their collection.
One plant that has been gaining popularity in recent years is the mullein plant.
Known for its distinct fuzzy leaves and towering flower spikes, this biennial plant is easy to grow and adds a touch of whimsy to any garden.
What is a Mullin Plant?
The mullein plant (Verbascum thapsus) is a member of the figwort family, native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa but naturalized throughout much of North America.
It typically grows in dry soils in fields, meadows, roadsides or disturbed areas.
This herbaceous biennial can grow up to 7 feet tall with large woolly leaves up to 20 inches long that form a basal rosette during its first year of growth before producing an upright stem with multiple yellow flowers in its second year.
Why Should You Grow Mullin Plants?
- Mullin plants are drought-tolerant – once established they require little water
- They attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators with their nectar-rich flowers
- Their towering spikes make an excellent focal point or background planting in your garden
- Mullins can be used medicinally as tea or tincture made from the dried leaves
- A decoction made from the root was traditionally used as an expectorant for respiratory problems
How Do You Grow Mullein Plants?
If you’re interested in growing mullins here are some tips:
- Location:Mullins thrive in full sun to partial shade and prefer well-draining soil.
While they tolerate poor soil conditions, they don’t like overly wet soils.
- Planting:Sow seeds in the spring or fall, either directly into the ground or into seed-starting trays indoors about 6-8 weeks before planting out.
If you’re transplanting mullins, do so when they’re still small to avoid disturbing their roots.
- Care:Mullins require little care once established.
They prefer dry soils so only water them during extended periods of drought.
Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers; however, if you want seeds for next year’s crop allow some flowers to remain on the plant and then harvest the seeds when they have turned brown and are easy to remove from the flower spike.
How Do You Use Mullin Plants?
The leaves of mullin plants have been used medicinally for centuries as a tea or tincture.
However, it is important to consult your healthcare provider before using any herbal remedies.
To make mullein tea: steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of hot water for 10 minutes before straining out the leaves with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
The tea can be sweetened with honey if desired and enjoyed up to three times per day.If you decide not use mullin plants medicinally but still enjoy them try adding them as an ornamental feature in your garden landscape design.
Mullins are excellent additions that add beauty and character in any garden setting while also providing medicinal benefits if needed.
Consider planting this biennial plant this season! Just follow our guide here then sit back and watch your garden come to life with these beautiful towering plants.