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Moth Mullein

Verbascum blattaria

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Biennial
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, roadsides, wasteland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
A narrow branched flower spike with lemon yellow flowers. The centre of the flowers are maroon-coloured. Flowers are purple-haired. Insect pollinated. The flower is named so because the stamens resemble a moth’s antennae.
Fruit:
Dark brown fruit, many-seeded. The seeds ripen from August to October.
Leaves:
A stickily hairy biennial plant with dark green, crinkled and lobed leaves.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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