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Verbascum thapsus /Common Mullein

Verbascum thapsus   / Verbascum thapsus
A rosette of silver-gray foliage with the center beginning to elongate to produce flower stalk
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A rosette of silver-gray foliage with the center beginning to elongate to produce flower stalk

Thick, fuzzy rosette of foliage

Flower stalk in autumn

A rosette of thick, fuzzy foliage in spring

Summer flowers

Stalk of flowers

Volunteer plants in early autumn

Plants may be over 6' tall when in flower

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Scientific Name: Verbascum thapsus
Common Name: Common Mullein
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: This perennial is noted for its thick felt-like, velvety gray leaves that are covered with a mass of minute hairs and strong veination. Mature plants send up five foot tall flower stalks with many yellow flowers. Where conditions are favorable it is a prolific self-seeder in full sunlight and with well drained soils. It is reported to have medicinal herbal qualities.