Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 5 to 10 feet
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
S (Sulfur)
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Other Beneficial Insects: Flies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Tiny seeds are reported to be toxic and have been used as a narcotic to stun fish.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Flies

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Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, BelgiumDate: Jun 8, 2007 1:10 PM
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Location: Medina Co., TexasDate: March 11, 2012Common Mullein
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-25
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Location: Grandview Heights,  Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2006-10-05 9:28 am. The wild one in October.
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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: June 12, 2003
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Location: Sint-Martens-Latem, BelgiumDate: May 22, 2007 4:52 PMYoung plant
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Location: VermontDate: 2013-06-21
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2004-06-03Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-18
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C. Date: 2016-07-157:o4 pm. Wild, but getting more water at the edge of the garden,
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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Sep 25, 2015 8:54 AM

An introduced invasive from Eurasia, now widely distributed throughout North America. Found on roadsides, fields, and dry open waste places. In Washington, these are found more easily on the drier east side of the Cascades. The large softly felted leaves can be used as insoles for sore hikers.

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Posted by plantmanager (NM - Zone 7b) on Jul 9, 2016 10:28 PM

When we first moved to our new property I didn't see any Mullein. The next year there were cute little felted rosettes around everywhere, and I didn't worry about them. The following year, the seed stalks came up, and were sculptural and interesting, so I didn't cut them down. Big mistake! From then on I had baby Mullein plants coming up everywhere all over our 10 acres. I now cut the stalks down before they can set their seed, but it's too late. This is one highly invasive plant!

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Posted by wildflowers (North East Texas - Zone 7b) on Feb 5, 2015 10:45 AM

V. thapsus grows wild throughout much of Texas and the South. The biennial plants form a rosette of large velvety leaves the first year and the flower stalks emerge the second year, growing up to 6 feet tall. Mullein tea has traditionally been used as a treatment for upper respiratory problems.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Aug 25, 2014 11:19 PM

Mullein has been used for many things throughout history. The stem, stripped of leaves and flowers and dipped in tallow, was used as a torch, and parts of it have been used medicinally. There are large concentrations of mucilage in mullein, making it a substance that soothes mucus membranes. It continues to be used by some herbalists in the treatment of some respiratory ailments. Tea from the leaf or flowers also has been used as an anti-inflammatory.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on Jun 5, 2015 1:16 PM

This is considered a noxious weed in my county and grows all over the place. Some of the 6-foot-plus plants can take on interesting shapes with distorted forms. My father-in-law used to wad up handfuls of the leaves; burn them, and let them smolder in a coffee can he called a smudge pot to keep the mosquitoes at bay. My sister likes to dig a few up and take them home every year. I say take all you want, but I don't hate them as some folks do.

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