Mullein Pink

Lychnis coronaria

Family: Pink (Caryophyllaceae)

Petal Arrangement: The regular flower of the Mullein Pink is composed of 5 rather large, flat, petals arranged around the flower head.

Color: The flowers are either a deep magenta red/pink color or white.

Leaf Arrangement: The Mullein Pink has both basal and opposite leaves. The basal leaves are large, and are arranged in a thick cluster at the base of the plant. Ascending the plant are smaller lance shaped leaves, which are arranged opposite each other. The stalk and all the leaves of the Mullein Pink are covered in a thick very visible layer of whitish wool-like fuzz. The leaves are untoothed.

Size, Location, Season: The Mullein Pink grows between 30-90 cm. (1-3 ft.) tall. It escaped cultivation and can now be found along roadsides, dry open areas and waste places. It grows throughout New England and Connecticut. June-August.

** Found in Waltham Community Farm, Waltham MA.

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