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Great Mullein

Verbascum thapsus

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
5 bright yellow petals, club-shaped stigma. 3 woolly white stamens and 2 hairless. Flowers to 3cm wide.
Fruit:
An ovoid capsule, splitting open to release numerous seeds.
Leaves:
Greyish-green, softly downy, thick and woolly, alternate leaves. The leaves can be as large as 50cm in length.
Maximum Size:
2 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves or flowers can be used to make tea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Aaron's Rod, Adam's Flannel, Beggar's Blanket, Blanket Herb, Bullock's Lungwort, Candlewick, Candlewick Plant, Clot, Clown's Lungwort, Common Mullein, Cow's Lungwort, Cuddy's Lungs, Devil's-tobacco, Duffle, Felt, Feltwort, Flannel, Flannel Plant, Flannel-leaf, Fluffweed, Golden Rod, Grandmother's Flannel, Hag's Taper, Hare's Beard, Hedge Taper, High Taper, Ice Leaf, Jacob's Staff, Jupiter's Staff, King's Taper, Lady's Candles, Lady's Foxglove, Lamb's Wool, Light of the Lord, Lucernaria, Miner's Candle, Our Lady's Flannel, Quaker Rogue, Rag Paper, Shepherd's Club, Torch Lily, Torches, Torchwort, Velvet Dock, Velvet Leaf, Velvet Plant, White Man's Footsteps, White Mullein, Wild Ice Leaf, Witches Taper, Woolens, Woolly Mullein, Woundweed.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.