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Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Common Mullein
  • found on roadsides and other open grassy places, including some with poor soil
  • 60-180 cm or 2-6 feet tall
  • not native to North America
photo copyright Rachel Kramer, 2004
Common Mullein flower
  • velvety to the touch
  • oblong
  • alternatining
  • leaves flow into stem
  • June-September
  • flowers grow in long, spike-like cluster
  • 5 petals
  • small and yellow
photo copyright Rachel Kramer, 2004

The velvety leaves can be used as insulation. Some Native Americans lined moccasins with the leaves of the Common Mullein. During Roman times, the flower cluster was dipped in oil and lit as a torch. Common Mullein is also a medicinal plant: a tea or a poultice can be made from its leaves.

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