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We have a 6' tall verbascum olympus which has just finished flowering. Will I need to cut it down? Will it grow again next year? I have never come across one before and have recently moved here, so dont know anything about the history?



Looked this up for you - it is a biennial or short lived perennial so if nobody has any better advice I would cut off just the flower spike and hope for the best. Or you could wait for the seeds to ripen and have a go at growing some next year.

13 Aug, 2012


They do not usually survive after flowering as they are biennial Grandma. Have a look round a good GC and check if they have any small plants to take its place. Thats what I used to do til my border got so crowded I couldn't grow them on anymore. They are 'wow factor' in a small garden too.

14 Aug, 2012


Thanks very much, it was lovely to have my own olympic torch!

14 Aug, 2012

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