General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: up to 5 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
S (Sulfur)
Fe (Iron)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self
Various insects

Common names
  • Moth Mullein
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Verbascum blattaria
  • Synonym: Verbascum blattaria f. albiflorum

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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 25, 2011 10:51 PM concerning plant:
    Habitat - pastures, fields, roadsides, and disturbed sites.
    2 theories about the name co-exist; one says, because the flower attracts moths; the other one might see a moth in the flower...
  • Posted by wcgypsy (Northern California) on Oct 25, 2015 6:43 PM concerning plant:
    I find the stems with the seed heads to be quite decorative and sturdy, suitable for gathering as a "woody" bouquet, or as a vertical element in arrangements.

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