Mullein Verbascum 'Firedance'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
mullein 'Firedance'


Verbascum 'Firedance' is a striking perennial plant with a bold appearance. Its most prominent feature is the multitude of vibrant, red-orange flowers that bloom profusely on erect, dense spikes. Each flower comprises five rounded petals, creating an eye-catching contrast against the backdrop of the plant's foliage. The leaves of 'Firedance' are equally attractive, with a velvety texture and a silvery-green hue that forms a rosette at the base of the plant. The foliage may also extend up the stems, becoming smaller as they ascend. The overall shape of Verbascum 'Firedance' is statuesque and upright, giving it a commanding presence in any garden setting. Its flowers, with yellow stamens at the center, are not only beautiful to look at but also attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The bloom period for 'Firedance' is notably long, providing a stunning display throughout the growing season. The stalks holding the flower spikes are sturdy, and the rosette of leaves at the base remains lush, framing the inflorescences beautifully. Overall, 'Firedance' exhibits a harmonious combination of both form and color, making it a desirable addition to any garden designed for visual impact.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Mullein, Velvet Plant.

    • Common names

      Verbascum 'Firedance'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Mullein (Verbascum 'Firedance') is generally not considered toxic to humans. There are no common toxic effects reported from ingesting parts of this plant. However, as with any plant material, individual allergic reactions or sensitivity may occur.

    • To pets

      Mullein (Verbascum 'Firedance') is also generally considered non-toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. There are typically no toxic effects reported in pets from ingesting parts of this plant. Nonetheless, ingestion of plant material can sometimes lead to gastrointestinal upset in pets, such as vomiting or diarrhea, particularly if consumed in large quantities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Verbascum 'Firedance' offers vibrant red-orange flowers that can add a splash of bold color to any garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, this mullein variety is known for its ability to withstand periods of drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, which are essential for the health of the garden ecosystem.
    • Low Maintenance: 'Firedance' is appreciated for requiring minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all levels of experience.
    • Deer Resistance: The plant is rarely bothered by deer, which is a significant benefit in areas where deer predation on garden plants is a concern.
    • Long Blooming Season: With proper care, this variety of mullein can have a prolonged blooming period, often providing flowers from early to late summer.
    • Cold Hardy: Verbascum 'Firedance' is capable of withstanding colder temperatures, making it suitable for planting in various climates.
    • Architectural Structure: Its tall flower spikes provide vertical interest and can be used to create visual structure within a garden bed or border.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The velvety leaves of Firedance can be used as a natural tinder for starting fires when dry; they catch flame easily and can help light bigger kindling.
    • Leaves of the Firedance sometimes serve as a fun, eco-friendly confetti alternative at outdoor celebrations, since they decompose naturally.
    • The tall, sturdy stalks of the plant, once dried, can be utilized as natural skewers for garden kebabs or marshmallow roasting sticks.
    • Dried Firedance stalks can also be crafted into rustic picture frames or decorative wall art, capturing its natural beauty in a different form.
    • With their height and structure, these plants can be incorporated into garden fences or trellises, providing a living support system for climbing plants.
    • The flowers' natural dye can be used in textile art, offering hues of yellows and greens, a reflection of sustainable dyeing practices.
    • Firedance's fibrous stems can be transformed into homemade paper, showcasing the versatility of the plant beyond its ornamental use.
    • Floral arrangements often integrate Firedance blossoms for their vertical element and long-lasting color in dried bouquets.
    • Artists utilize the plant’s silhouette to create interesting patterns in light and shadow photography, capitalizing on its distinct structure.
    • The seeds of the plant can be used to create bird feed mixtures, especially favored by finches and other seed-eating birds during the winter months.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Mullien is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Mullien is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Mullein, the common name for Verbascum, has been used historically for its medicinal properties, especially in treating respiratory ailments.
    • Protection: Folklore suggests that Mullein was used to ward off evil spirits and bad luck, symbolizing spiritual and physical protection.
    • Courage: The tall, sturdy stalk of Mullein can be symbolic of courage and standing tall against adversity.
    • Love: The soft, brightly colored flowers of the 'Firedance' variety may carry symbols of love and attraction due to their warm hues that resemble a passionate flame.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mullien 'Firedance' prefers a moderate amount of water. It should be watered deeply once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions. Depending on the size of the plant, a good rule of thumb is to use about 1 gallon of water per square foot of soil per week during the growing season. In hotter and drier climates, you may need to water twice a week, while in cooler or rainy conditions, you can reduce watering to once every two weeks. It is important to avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Always check the soil moisture before watering to determine if the plant needs water.

  • sunLight

    Mullien 'Firedance' thrives best in full sunlight conditions. It should be placed in a spot where it receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Being a sun-loving plant, Mullien 'Firedance' is not well-suited for shade or low-light areas. Ensuring adequate sunlight will help promote vigorous growth and optimize its blooming potential.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Mullien 'Firedance' can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it grows best in environments where the temperature is between 60°F and 75°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 20°F and maximum temperatures of about 85°F, although extreme temperatures can stress the plant. To ensure the plant thrives, it should ideally be kept in conditions where these ideal temperatures are maintained.

  • scissorsPruning

    Mullien 'Firedance' benefits from occasional pruning to remove spent flower spikes and to encourage additional blooming. This should be done after the initial flowering has finished, usually in late summer or early fall. Pruning helps to concentrate the plant’s energy on producing more blooms and maintaining a tidy appearance. Deadheading, or removing the faded flowers, can also be performed throughout the blooming season to keep the plant looking its best.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mullein 'Firedance' thrives in well-draining, sandy or rocky soil with added organic matter. The ideal soil pH is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of equal parts garden soil, coarse sand, and compost or aged manure can provide suitable growing conditions.

  • plantRepotting

    Mullein 'Firedance' does not require frequent repotting as it is generally grown as a biennial. It is typically sown directly outdoors, but if started in containers, repot every 2-3 years or when rootbound.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mullein 'Firedance' prefers low to average humidity levels and is tolerant of dry air conditions. It does not require any special humidity adjustments when grown in its preferred outdoor setting.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light; avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun; well-draining soil; space 45cm apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Verbascum 'Firedance', commonly known as the Mullein 'Firedance', starts its life as seeds, which germinate in spring if sown in well-draining soil and exposed to light. After germination, the seedlings develop into rosettes of hairy, lance-shaped leaves. In the second year of growth, the plant produces a tall flower spike bearing a multitude of bright red-orange blossoms that can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Following the flowering period, which usually occurs in late spring to summer, the plant sets seed. These seeds disperse to create new plants, completing the cycle. Although Mullein 'Firedance' is a perennial, continued performance may require reseeding or division every few years as individual plants can be short-lived.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Verbascum 'Firedance', also known as Mullein, is through seed sowing. The best time for sowing Mullein seeds is in late winter to early spring. Such timing allows the plants to become well-established before the onset of colder weather. To propagate by seed, one can scatter the tiny seeds onto the surface of well-draining soil and lightly press them into the mixture without covering them, as light is needed for germination. Providing consistent moisture and warmth, seeds typically germinate within 2 to 3 weeks. Once seedlings have developed true leaves and are strong enough to handle, they can be transplanted into individual pots or their final location in the garden. It's important to space the plants about 18 inches (approximately 45 centimeters) apart to accommodate for their mature size.