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Verbascum thapsus

Common Mullein

Family Scrophulariaceae


Use
Tea. Dried leaves can be used for tea.


Description

Growth Form: Herbaceous plant.

Leaves: Large and Woolly. Gray-green. Grow up entire stalk. Upper leaves narrow into stem.

 

Common Mullein (Emily Silver, Northampton MA)
Leaves


Common Mullein (Emily Silver, Northampton MA)
Flowers


Flowers:
Biennial. Produce leaf rosette in first year; club-like flower-head in second year.

Fruits: Egg-shaped and light brown with 4 curved points at tip. Contain 1-2 black seeds. Mature in August through September.

Buds: Hairy and without scales.

Bark: Light brown. Can be smooth to rough and scaly.


Habitat and Range

Poor fields, waste areas. Eastern/Central North America.

Season

Summertime plant. Leaves can be harvested May-Sept.


Common Mullein (Emily Silver, Northampton MA)
Flower


Common Mullein (Emily Silver, Northampton MA)
Leaves




Fun Facts

Tea made with Mullein was used as an herbal remedy for lung ailments.

Recipe!

 

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