General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: some to six plus feet
Plant Spread: rosette 6 inches to 3 feet depending on species
Leaves: Other: first year rosette , flower stem second year
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Other: most common color yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
S (Sulfur)
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Seeds germinate at room temperature without pretreatment.

Common names
  • Mullein

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Location: zone 5 Indiana
Date: 2018-06-22
many spikes  full of blooms
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/23/2022
Grows natively
Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij Kraj
Date: 2014-07-12
Location: my front yard
Date: 2022-06-05
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-18
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-07-26
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Photo courtesy of: Rod Waddington
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-09-18
Location: Winter Park, Colorado
Date: summer 2017

Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
Location: western Illinois
Date: 7-3-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 9-11-11
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  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 1, 2013 11:56 AM concerning plant:
    There are about 250 species of mullein, native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa.
    Verbascum thapsus occurs throughout North America as an introduced weed.

    Common mullein ( Verbascum thapsus) is considered to be a herb and has many uses.

    Mullein species include biennials and perennials, with first-year leaves in a rosette and second year in tall flower spikes.
    Flowers have 5 equal petals and the most common color is yellow.

    I have grown several different species of these plants and found them to be a welcome addition to my gardens.
  • Posted by Johannian (The Black Hills, SD - Zone 4b) on Aug 24, 2022 11:36 AM concerning plant:
    Mullein grows natively in the Black Hills. I initially thought it was Lamb's Ear, but found out that it was Mullein by asking on the Plant ID forum. It is very invasive, but is also quite easy to pull.

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