Dark Mullein (Verbascum nigrum)

Biennial/Perennial
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Dark Mullein
Verbascum nigrum
Scrophulariaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The flowers and leaves are anodyne, antiseptic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, pectoral and vulnerary[21, 238]. An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations[238].

    An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils etc[238].

    The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities[238].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow late spring to early summer in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 3 weeks. When they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in late summer. The seed has a long viability[200]. Division in spring. This plant is a short-lived perennial that grows away very well from seed, so we do not try and divide it.
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most well-drained soils, including dry ones, preferring a sunny position[111, 200]. Dislikes shade and wet soils[124, 200]. Plants only really thrive when they are grown on chalky soils[200]. Prefers a light soil[200]. This species is fairly reliably perennial[200], but only when grown on light or medium soils[111]. A very ornamental plant, it often self-sows[1, 111]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus, though the progeny are usually sterile[200].
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, Siberia, Macedonia, Caucasus.

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