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Mullein (Common)

Verbascum thapsus
Mullein (Common)

Habitat

They are found in fields and roadsides.

Description

They have bunches of yellow flowers on a stiff, woolly stem. The flowers have 5 petals. They have large, gray-green leaves that are woolly and sit around the bottom of the plant. There are smaller leaves around the stem all the way up. They bloom June through September.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Flower Regular with 5 petals forming a tall, dense spike
  • Flower Color: Yellow 
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate on stem and around the base 

  • Plant Type: Wildflower (very tall - 2-8 feet)
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Leaf Type: Oblong, large, entire (smooth edge) or slightly toothed and covered in velvety fuzz
  • Stem: Covered in wooly fuzz

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