Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, type of the tribe Verbasceæ in the order Scrophularineæ.

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  • n. genus of coarse herbs and subshrubs mostly with woolly leaves

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Examples

  • There are still a few roses, but the planting is now primarily composed of several shrubs, an enormous ‘Grosso’ lavender, echinaceas, sages, bee balm, and verbascum.

    My Garden, part 3 « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • My salvia nemorosa seedlings from the mother plants bloomed in the 2nd year — first year, flat leaves on the ground that resemble verbascum. 2nd year–great blooms.

    Faireluriegarden-Someday « Fairegarden

  • The verbascum could work in the yellow/white, that is full sun and flat, but invasive is a problem there for there are special plants like the lilies and fancy echinaceas that need protecting from thugs.

    Reposting of New Design-Part One-Why? « Fairegarden

  • _Zinnia_, of which the flower is twice the size of that of the common sort, and of a deep purple colour: a new _verbascum_, from the Levant; it was about four feet high, the leaves were almost as woolly as those of the _Stachys lanata_, and terminated in a point like a spur; it had not yet flowered.

    A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792

  • Shepherdesses and children passed sprigs of mullein (verbascum) and nuts across the flames; the nuts were supposed to cure toothache, and the mullein to protect the cattle from sickness and sorcery.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • Shepherdesses and children passed sprigs of mullein (_verbascum_) and nuts across the flames; the nuts were supposed to cure toothache, and the mullein to protect the cattle from sickness and sorcery.

    The Golden Bough

  • Gartner: on sterility of hybrids, 247, 255. on reciprocal crosses, 258. on crossed maize and verbascum, 270. on comparison of hybrids and mongrels, 272.

    On the origin of species

  • In the six and a half years since he joined the company - a short time in plant breeding - he has bred the world's first white bidens, the first properly dwarf buddleia, the first intensely scented trailing violas and, released at the start of this year, the first ever bright blue verbascum.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It's easy to get distracted, though sometimes, as with this blue verbascum, you have to accept the distraction if you see the potential in it.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The holy grails of plant breeding include a red verbascum, blue dahlia, double-flowered yellow fuchsia and a hardy begonia with large flowers.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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