Verbascum MyconiBorage-Leav'd Mullein
- Class and Order
- Pentandria Monogynia
- Generic Character
- Corolla rotata, subinæqualis. Caps. 1-locularis 2-valvis.
- Specific Character and Synonyms
- VERBASCUM myconi foliis lanatis radicalibus, scapo nudo. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. 14. Murr. p. 220. Ait. Kew. p. 238
- CORTUSA foliis ovatis sessilibus. Linn. Hort. Cliff. 50
- SANICULA alpina, foliis boraginis villosa. Bauh. Pin. 243
- AURICULA ursi myconi. Dalech. Hist. 837
- AURICULA ursi flore cœruleo folio Boraginis. Blew Beares Eares with Borage leaves. Park. Parad. p. 236. 237. f. 3.
Most of the plants of this genus are tall and shewy; the one here figured is however, of very humble growth, its flowering stem in the cultivated plant rarely exceeding six inches in height; its flowers are proportionably large, of a blueish purple colour, and highly ornamental; they make their appearance in May, and continue successively in blossom for several months, hence it becomes a desirable plant to cultivate, especially for the decorating of rock-work; it is very hardy, requires a north aspect in the summer, and to be carefully watered in dry weather; will grow in almost any soil, and is usually propagated by planting its roots in autumn.
Grows spontaneously on the Pyrenean Alps; in its wild state it is more dwarfish than our figure represents it, its foliage more woolly, and enriched with various tints, which the plant loses on cultivation; such specimens I saw in the possession of Dr. R. Halifax, of Albemarle-Street, who gathered it on its native Alps.
Was cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1731, Ait. Kew. and most probably long before that period by Parkinson, who lives a figure and accurate description of it in his Parad. terrestris.