Verbascum ‘Caribbean Crush’

Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush'

This summer, you’ll be much more likely to see me out trying to capture different forms of verbascums on my iPhone than to see me playing Pokémon Go.

I added this one, Verbascum ‘Caribbean Crush’, to my virtual collection at the recent RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The flowers open upwards as the sturdy spire lengthens, starting off a soft, peachy yellow, gradually deepening to a burgundy copper as they age. The effect is of two cultivars in one: very striking.

Verbascum 'Caribbean Crush'

The verbascums were combined with those sweet, miniature red hot pokers (kniphofia) that seem to be everywhere I look at the moment; flat, creamy heads of achillea; and floaty purple verbena bonariensis.  ‘Caribbean Crush’ would be a great choice if you like experimenting with colour combinations and don’t mind one plant stealing the show.

I often find myself gazing at the centres of the verbascum flowers. I can’t put my finger on what these ones remind me of – perhaps baby chicks with boxing gloves and boots? Don’t tell me I’ve found nature’s version of a Pokémon gym despite myself!

36 Replies to “Verbascum ‘Caribbean Crush’”

    1. My pleasure! Though of course, I was doing a bit of both – looking at the screen of my phone while taking the picture!

    1. Me too – I think the flowers in the background help a lot too. I can imagine a textile designer making something out of this.

  1. Wow… I want! and now that you mention it, the centers do look awfully “lively”.
    I’m a big fan of verbascum, but around here they’re so often dismissed as weeds. I don’t care though! and this one is exceptional 🙂

    1. We saw small, spindly yellow verbascums growing wild in the grass verges near Mottisfont Garden the other day and I was so excited. I’ve never noticed them before, certainly not in the north west, where I live.

  2. This is beautiful. I’m not very familiar with verbascum but this is a wake-up call. Perhaps the Pokemon developers should have a version where players discover flowers instead of monsters.

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