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Helen Johnson is a variety of Mullein which is a member of the Mullein family. Its botanical name is Verbascum 'Helen Johnson'. Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Pink-orange and   Persian orange and   Outrageous Orange. When fully grown, they tend to grow to a diameter of 2.5 cm (that's 0.97 inches in imperial).The mature flowers take a Single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. Leaves usually appear in   Sea green and   Celadon Green colour.

‘Helen Johnson’ has large soft hairy leaves and a tall flower spike. The petals are a buff peach, and arranged around a tall stem held above the basal rosette. It is best positioned to the back of the herbaceous border as it is particularly tall.

This variety is a Flower that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Normally reaching to a mature height of 4.23 feet (1.30 metres), Helen Johnson grows with a erect-like growth habit. This variety tends to bloom in early summer.

United Kingdom is believed to be where Helen Johnson originates from.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Helen Johnson have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Helen Johnson

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

This is a hardy plant that should survive zone 8 winter, especially if protected from the hardest of frosts.

Removing the old flower heads promotes smaller spikes later in the year, and may prolong the life of the plant

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Helen Johnson is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

Growing Helen Johnson from seed

Germinates easily from small seed. Try to sow thinly, but will pot on easily to individual pots. Grow on and continue to pot up

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 10°C / 50°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Helen Johnson about 49 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Helen Johnson

Plant out at the end of the summer to over winter in the flowering position
Place to the back of the border to show the tall flowers to the best. Prefers sun to partial shade on free draining soil
Flowers the season after sowing if grown from seed

Helen Johnson is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Helen Johnson

Using the blooms as cut flowers may increase the longevity of the plant, as there is a tendency to biennial type

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in early summer.

Mullein Helen Johnson Etymology

Originally from Kew Gardens.