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Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

Family: Scrophulariaceae

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

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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